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Wilkes County: An Alternative Perspective

Pietros Maneos | Posted 05.27.2016 | Travel
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This morning, I had the displeasure of reading Richard Fausset's New York Times essay "Feeling Let Down and Left Behind, With Little Hope for Better."...

Tomasz Rut: The New Age of Aestheticism

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.29.2016 | Arts
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I was greeted by beautiful-bodied women, heroically muscled men and horses depicted with such beauty, grace and detail that I felt as if I was in the private room of a Renaissance aristocrat like a Medici or Lombard, or in the summer home of the Pope.

ISIS Delenda Est

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
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While I applaud President Obama for authorizing military airstrikes against ISIS, I do feel that we should do more, most especially with our special forces.

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes

Pietros Maneos | Posted 08.28.2014 | Home
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I must also confess that my adoration of a figure like Mayes partly stems from my distaste for the trends and sensibilities unfolding in American Literature where minimalism, cynicism and realism reign supreme.

An American Arcadia - Wilkes County, North Carolina: A Riposte to Katherine Faw Morris

Pietros Maneos | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
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After researching various avant-garde agrarian adventures such as black truffle cultivation and saffron, I chanced upon a property with an existing black truffle orchard in the tiny town of Moravian Falls, which is located in Wilkes County.

The Wanderess by Roman Payne: A Book Review by Pietros Maneos

Pietros Maneos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
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I would not characterize Payne's work as 'The Great American Novel' in the mold of Roth, DeLillo, or McCarthy, but rather as 'The Great European Novel' descended from say Cervantes or Boccaccio.

The Pursuit of Arete

Pietros Maneos | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living
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Over the past several months, I set aside Grecian intellectualism for Grecian athleticism, giving myself completely to the life of the body, with the intention of competing in the Diamond Classic NPC Men's Physique division held here in Boca Raton, Fla.

Against Michiko Kakutani: A Defense of Mark Helprin

Pietros Maneos | Posted 12.08.2012 | Home
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To me, Michiko Kakutani's latest review is emblematic of the ongoing cultural war between those adhering to the tenets of modernity: irony, cynicism, minimalism; and those who obstinately refuse to bow before these pestiferous ideals, those who honor beauty, truth and emotion. Kakutani obviously falls into the former.