Surfing the Net for info on culture

More online magazines devoted to culture are making their appearance on the Internet. Hridanos at is a recent creation and one of the first Greek online cultural magazines. It is published by Paraskevas Karasoulas and the Mikri Arktos company. The contributors are journalists with long experience in covering the arts. As Hridanos declares on its site: «We don’t chase the news, but propose analysis and open discussion of cultural topics.» The magazine lists the events of the month in its Minologio section. There is a monthly interview – the current one is with director Stathis Livathinos of the National Theater’s Experimental Stage -, and an Opinions section for commentary. The Pro column carries previews of books, films, plays and exhibitions. This month there is an excerpt from «The Last Christmas of the War,» a short story collection by Primo Levi that is due out in a Greek translation this autumn from Kastaniotis. A mixture of stories published separately or not at all, the collection was first published in Italy in 2000. Another website, this one devoted to books, is which is produced by Eleftheroudakis bookstores and Kastaniotis publishers. Elogos carries previews, reviews on current books from Greece and abroad, and interviews with new writers. Each monthly edition of the magazine runs a bestseller list from Eleftheroudakis, showing the number of books sold. In July it was «Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,» the latest title by J.K. Rowling, which sold 3,464 copies even though it is still only available in English. It was followed by Nikos Themelis’s book «Yia mia syntrofia anamesa mas» (For companionship among us), which sold 1,410 copies.