You’d think that with this being my first post since arriving back on Mykonos I could come up with a catchier title. But if you have to ask why that title you’re obviously not keeping up with our world’s major news events. For weeks now my inbox has been filled with Google Alerts for “Mykonos” linked to a public relations blitzkrieg hyping the “secret” invasion and occupation of Mykonos by the Kardashian Klan for the purpose of filming this season’s opening episode of their addictive (so I hear) American TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
It appears that momma Kris and her Kardashian brood—Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kyle, Kendall, and Rob (now deceased first husband Robert’s contribution to the naming process)—plus kids from the first marriage of her kurrent husband, 1976 Olympic Decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, all kame to Mykonos as part of the last big breakout before very pregnant daughter Kim has her baby next month.
If you believed even a bit of all the press hype, the Kardashians had come to save the island, bringing their celebrity and cash to a struggling land somehow overlooked by CARE. I’d reluctantly left the US in its time of crisis—the seventeen-year cicada onslaught—but now would stand shoulder to shoulder with my Mykonian brethren in facing their own.
|Thanks to my friend, Nick Desavvi, for the photos|
But I’d forgotten something: Mykonians were used to invaders. Carians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Minoans, Ionians, Athenians, Macedonians, Romans, Venetians, Turks, Russians, and Germans all dominated Mykonos at some point. So, more “ians” invading was no big deal.
|The Mayor of Mykonos in the middle|
The mayor courteously welcomed them to the island, the people smiled and made them feel important, the weather and sea accommodated them. No one told them that the two villas they’d obtained were only five hundred yards from the municipal sewage treatment plant and three houses away from the scene of the murder that inspired the opening of my new book (more on that later), that breaking plates in restaurants was déclassé, or that they'd arrived a month too early for the island's fabled nightlife action. The Mykonian people allowed them to enjoy their holiday and live out their fantasy—even one as big as saving an island.
The Mykonians behaved precisely as they do with all visitors: as the most hospitable people on earth. And the Kardashians will undoubtedly return, albeit truly in secret (as some of their crew has before).
Frankly, it’s easy to take cheap shots at the Kardashian phenomenon. After all, the most celebrated accomplishments of the family before the launch of their reality show were daughter Kim’s time as a stylist and personal shopper for Lindsay Lohan (an unreal living reality in her own right) and her leaked homemade sex video with rapper Ray J, though she’s since had a 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries and is currently pregnant at the hands of her ex(?)-boyfriend, rapper Kanye West.
BUT, let’s keep something in mind: These folks are PR geniuses. And I admire them for that. Their show alone has brought them more than a hundred million dollars and they’ve branched into fashion and cosmetics. And in connection with that leaked video, Kim received a reported five million dollar settlement. By the way, Kim has more than 8,000,000 twitter followers. Yes, EIGHT MILLION.
Which reminds me. In case you’re reading this, Kim, I’d sincerely appreciate it if you could tweet to your followers that Poisoned Pen Press just surprised me by putting my first Andreas Kaldis mystery, MURDER IN MYKONOS, on sale this week in e-book format for $0.99 on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobu, PLUS they’re rolling out a brand new cover design for my entire series. The new covers are not yet up on bookseller sites, but it’s a variation on the cover for my new book in the series (#5), MYKONOS AFTER MIDNIGHT, coming in September. What do you think of the cover, Kim? I love it for one very obvious Kardashian-like reason☺. One’s never too old to learn from the masters.
By the way, tomorrow is Greek Orthodox Easter, a wonderful time that I’ve written about before. It represents all the very best of Greek family life and values. And the Kardashians have left the island for Santorini.
Kalo Paska, my friends.