“Nobody thinks harder about the way we relate to the passage of our own lives than Cavafy.”
So says Daniel Mendelsohn, the American academic who has devoted a large chunk of his grey matter to translating the entire oeuvre of this lionised 20th century Greek poet. In the C.P. Cavafy fan club too? Thanks to the Onassis Foundation’s We Stay Close, Not Closed growing on-line library, you can currently listen in on Mendelsohn’s learned musings on the great Alexandrian poet, his multi-dimensional work and its continuing relevance to our time. You'll find the live recorded talk on their Encounters channel, along with many other great diversions for the mind during quarantine.