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Christopher Atamian
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Christopher Atamian is a native New Yorker who writes about different topics of interest in the arts and current events. He has produced and directed videos, films and plays internationally including the 2006 OBIE Award winning play Trouble in Paradise and was included in the 2009 Venice Biennale for his video "Sarafian's Desire." he has written one novel and translated six books.

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In Turkey, You Can Still Attack Armenians in Public: Parliamentarian Garo Paylan in Danger

(10) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:03 PM

Armenian Parliament Member Physically Attacked
Former AGOS Journalist Garo Paylan, one of three ethnic Armenians in the Turkish Parliament, was attacked last week by members of the ruling AKP government during a session of parliament, a rather surreal occurrence to anyone in the West. The attack occurred after Paylan...

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"A Void": Coming to Terms with Genocide, 101 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:38 PM

New Jersey-born oud player Ara Dinkjian travels the world playing Ottoman Armenian music along with a small coterie of like-minded musicians. Raffi Wartanian is a multi-platform storyteller. Both are grandchildren of Armenian Genocide survivors. In 2015, Dinkjian participated in a landmark concert in Istanbul commemorating the 100th anniversary of this...

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Going Dutch at the SR Film Festival New York: documentaries from Holland offer up jolting realties

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 7:36 PM

Two Dutch documentaries that I recently viewed at the SR (Socially Relevant) Film Festival in Chelsea were riveting for very different reasons. The 2015 Dance Iranian Style, written and produced by Nafiss Nia and directed by Farshad Aria, was actually shown as part of the narrative film screenings and has...

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Eric Bogosian's 100 Monologues

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:19 PM

monologue: from the Greek μονόλογος; μόνος mónos or "alone, solitary" and λόγος lógos, "speech."

The first recorded monologues and soliloquys go back at least as far as ancient Roman and Greek times. But unless you are someone with huge amounts of time on your hands and you love to surf...

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Andrea Martin's Lady Parts...Really!

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 9:54 AM

A blurb by Tina Fey on the cover of the 2015 paperback edition of the hilarious autobiographical book Andrea Martin's Lady Parts reads: " I have loved Andrea Martin from afar for many years, but now, after reading this funny and heroically honest book, I would like to take things...

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The Minsk Process: Belarus Diplomacy at Center of Ukrainian Peace Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 10:59 AM

As Labor Day comes and goes and the new school year begins, politicians and world leaders are trying to find solutions to the many conflicts still raging around the globe. In Europe, the situation in the Ukraine is undoubtedly the most pressing, along with the migrant crisis. A little over...

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Lousine Shamamian Shakes the Earth at the Fringe Fest 2015

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 9:38 PM

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Humor, biography and historical tragedy often make for strange if not incompatible bedfellows, but Lousine Shamamian has managed to unite the three with brilliant gusto at this year's New York Fringe Festival. Although Shamamian is not a trained actress, her You...

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'As the Poppies Bloomed': Love and Hate in 1915

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:30 PM

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Maral Boyadjian's debut novel, As the Poppies Bloomed is a fictionalized account of her family's experience during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which decimated the families of all four of the author's grandparents. That is perhaps why this lovingly written and sometimes lyrical...

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Fifty Shades of Bland: Chamber Dance Project at the Joyce

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:14 AM

There are certain things that are forgivable in any dance performance, but a certain level of professionalism on the part of choreographer and performer alike is the least that one might expect at a summer ballet festival at the Joyce. Billed as a forum for uncovering new or cutting-edge talent,...

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Color Me Sexy: Stimulating the Male Libido -- A Visit with Interior Designer Gillian Rose

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:36 AM

Not long ago leading interior designer Gillian Rose received a unique request from a friend--a separated gay man and leading New York City stylist--for an apartment that he was repainting. When she asked what type of a feeling he wanted to evoke in his new pad, his answer was simple...

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Eric's Bogosian's Operation Nemesis: Can a Genocide Ever Truly be Avenged?

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:31 AM

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If you had to write a really brief elevator pitch for Eric Bogosian's riveting new historical memoir Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide, it might go something like this: John Le Carré meets James Bond meets Murder on...

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In Flight: Fasten Your Seat Belts, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride!

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Jenny Lyn Bader's charming and uplifting new play takes place in an unlikely locale--the offices of Omega Traveler, an in-flight magazine--hence its title. The magazine is run by a smart and ambitious woman named Marty (Danielle O'Farrell) who however lacks the sense of risk to actually venture out of her...

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Film Classics 101: Hiroshima Mon Amour

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 9:56 AM

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Rarely have text and image united to form such cinematic perfection as in Alain Resnais' 1959 classic Hiroshima Mon Amour. A poetic duet of sight and sound, this remarkably intelligent film remains a heartfelt ode to love and loss and to the...

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In Istanbul, Producer Sona Tatoyan Is Ready for Her Close-Up

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Some thirteen years ago, Armenian-American actor and producer Sona Tatoyan embarked on a veritable odyssey to produce a feature film adaptation of Micheline Aharonian Marcom's contemporary masterpiece, Three Apples Fell From Heaven. As the colloquial expression goes, this was easier said than done. This wonderful novel, with its somewhat experimental,...

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Loss and Mourning in Aida Zilelian's The Legacy of Lost Things

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:34 AM

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She didn't bother resisting. Instead, she placed her hands on the side of his face and kissed him. The strong sun on her back, the open air of the hot summer only propelled her to kiss him harder. An...

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The Eurasian Union: Putin's Answer to the EU

(17) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Armenia becomes fourth Member of Eurasian Union

The Republic of Armenia recently became the fourth country to join the Eurasian Union. This lesser-known entity is Vladimir Putin's response to the European Union and to perceived NATO encroachment, though Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazerbayev originally floated the idea of a trade bloc...

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Armenians and Jews: Natural Allies, Kindred Spirits

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:12 AM

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Armenians and Jews share many things in common: they are both ancient Near Eastern people with a long and storied history. They have often faced persecution, which culminated in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the...

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Meline Toumani, the Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Appeasement

(17) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 4:34 PM

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Meline Toumani's puzzling and sometimes maddening first book There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond purports to analyze the hatred still separating Armenians and Turks on the eve of the one...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 4:26 PM

It has been nearly one hundred years since April 24, 1915 -- the infamous day when Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were rounded up in the dead of night and sent to be executed in inland concentration camps in Ayash and Chankari. This event followed on nearly two decades...

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Six Books of the Year for 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 2:46 PM

2014, not a bad year for books, all told. Below you will find a completely arbitrary list of some of 2014's most Interesting, controversial books and a few that I simply found fascinating -- as well as a preview of two gifted new novelists. They make the perfect gift-at Christmas...

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