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12 years on the borders of history by Thanos Kalamidas

ovi_greece_1216_058cDo you know the phrase: “it feels like it hasn’t gone a day”? Well, when it comes to Ovi Magazine I can count 4,384 of them; more than 4,300 in daily covers and over 18,000 articles. These numbers don’t include personal hours for all of us in the Ovi Team, who voluntarily contribute to what you read and what you see.

This is my 12th anniversary editorial with the actual birth day one. When Asa and I first started with the monthly issues, our most optimistic predictions were for maximum three years. We thought we were too small, not antagonistic enough, too strong on the Don Quixote side, fighting the windmills of democracy and freedom of speech. We also tried to escape from solipsistic traditions of most online magazines. Furthermore, we actually wanted to help.

To help not in some kind of major way, no revolutions here. From the very beginning we made it clear that we were going to give room to new writers, illustrators, photographers, artists; give creators a chance nobody else was willing to give them, become their live portfolio the same way both of us had many times wished others would have done for us. Twelve years later and tens of writers and creators found their publishing roots in Ovi Magazine and as far as I am concerned, I feel that this is one of its biggest achievements.

We never over-promoted or marketed Ovi Magazine. We always kept a low profile, sometimes very low (even after awards or mentions by big publications, even used as reference) and that soon became our policy. The reason was and still is, that we have manage to attract a steady and constantly increasing readership that chooses to read Ovi Magazine every day not with flash news, celebrities’ life or misleading information but with strong opinions that cover every aspect of human life including our firm stand against all kind of fascism, racism and discrimination.

These last 12 years have also marked an era of unusual change in global life. From terror attacks to Barack Obama and from the refugee waves in the Mediterranean Sea, the Brexit, the climate change and of course Donald Trump and the rise of fascism globally, Ovi magazine has lived on the borders of history without walls of censoring, always opinionated and always democratic.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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Ovi means Door #III

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by | December 16, 2016 · 6:15 pm

Talking the “City On Fire” with Garth Risk Hallberg by Katerina Charisi

ovicover_11_12_16I knew all about “City On Fire” before even comes to Greece. It’s one of these books that fame reaches you before them and it’s kind of scary. An enormous 1000 pages novel, with such an impressive ad campaign, would have risked to be judge only by it and read out of curiosity, something definitely unfair for the actual book. Truth said, I was curious too. Coincidentally the timing was wrong. The book came to me late October where Athens was still in a summer mood while the book was in total winter scent. I remember this though: I was so stunned by the book itself, that after the first look, I had to put it down and make sure my hands were clean enough, not to somehow spoil it or something.

An embossed, full of promises cover and in the inside a fine white paper with scattered rectangles in the tones of grey. A beautiful publication we rarely see the Greece of crisis and poor paper quality. I wanted to start the book immediately, but it was in the middle of a warm Greek autumn and I just wanted to experience the book with the cold wind hitting the windows outside. So, I hidden the book in my closet, under a stack of clothes, and waited. It took me almost a month to start reading it and that was when I saw the first signs of winter: Two days of furious wind, hard rain and a breathtaking cold. Only then I let the “City On Fire” to carry me away.

The “City On Fire” is not a book to read between small breaks in your day. It is neither a book to read for relaxation and entertainment purposes only. This book demands your dedication and full concentration; expects from you to hold back the pinches of everyday’s routine and empty yourself from anything that is yours. And trust me, it pays you back full. It pays you back with a magical journey in a world you never been before and there is where its magic lays: “You are there too, and you live it. Like an invisible spectator hiding in the shadows, next to its fringe characters, motley heroes and dreamers. Thankfully the novel fortunate in our country through a wonderful version and translation.”

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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Eureka: Generation W, X, Y, Z by Akli Hadid

generation01_400Generation Y gets a new phone every year. They’re bad people. We, their parents, used to get a new Walkman or Diskman every year and our parents thought we were bad people. The new generation is binging on pornography. Our generation didn’t have all those websites, but we always had a friend who had a brother or cousin who was way older and more liberal than he was and who had a library full of pornographic material, and if you were nice enough with that kid he would loan you or give you some of it.

The new generation is binging on games. We had arcades back then, where you would insert a quarter and play some of your favorite games, and some of us went straight there from school. We also had all kinds of games we could play. The new generation is binging on entertainment. For them it’s Justin Bieber and Beyonce, for us it was Diana Ross or Cool and the Gang or Nirvana, Metallica, Nickelback or the Spice Girls or whoever topped the charts in your grad school year.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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#freemelania 16_01 by Thanos Kalamidas

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by | December 16, 2016 · 5:56 pm

I Am Simultaneously and Always My Past, Present and Future by Leah Sellers

health01_400_03Being a CareGiver has given me the great privilege to Touch many wonderful and interesting Lives, and have mine Touched by them.

Since being accidentally crippled by one of my students almost ten years ago now, and being left crippled by the dysfunctional Workers Compensation System of Texas, and the school system’s Insurance Company who could afford a high paid, and very good lawyer, which I could not afford, I have learned a lot about mySelf, and managing daily, chronic pain.

I have a dislocated hip and vertebrae, which have weakened and ruined my overall Health considerably with each passing year.  But I have been able to manage the pain through my Meditation Practices, Forcing my Body to Work in Service to the Elderly or Sick, who are in many cases far more crippled up or ill, and in need of help than I am, and the use of natural herbal remedies and ibuprophen.

I made the mistake of signing over my Health to the Workers Compensation System, on the advice of the school nurse, not understanding that when I did so that I would no longer be able to use the Health Insurance I had been paying on each month since I had been hired by the school district.

The moment I entered the Workers Compensation System, because of torte reforms made on the Texas law books by other high paid lobbyists and lawyers of other Insurance Companies back in the 1990’s, that I was totally unaware of,  I had entered the Lion’s Den.  I was no longer a Patient.  I had become a Litigant.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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