By Alin K. Gregorian
ARLINGTON, Mass. — The leafy and quiet Mystic Street here is far from the glamour of Beverly Hills or the edgy chic of New York City, both locales where Eric Bogosian is equally at home. However, on March 31, the actor/novelist was at the Armenian Cultural Foundation, giving a talk organized by the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association.
The connection? Cheryl Panjian, the emcee of the program, is Bogosian’s cousin.
Bogosian, who hails from Woburn, was relaxed and entertaining. He joked while he was addressing the capacity crowd at the graceful setting that everyone wanted to hear him talk about former co-star Steven Seagal or “Law and Order,” but that he was more interested in talking about a book he is writing on Armenian history. The book is going to be finished by June, he explained. The format is going to be like a magazine article, meaning more anecdotal and less academic than a textbook, “but 500 pages long,” he explained.
Bogosian said that he has been focusing on learning about the subject, particularly in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide, in the past five or six years. As he has gotten older, he noted, he has embraced and understood his roots all the more.
“Honestly, when I was a kid, growing up in Woburn, I was not entirely comfortable with my identity,” he explained. “There were a lot of Irish Catholic kids and I felt really different. I didn’t want to feel different.”