Portnoy’s Complaint in Turkish
June 30, 2018
Istanbul’s Libraries: A Refuge in Uncertain Times
October 31, 2017
At Santa Maddalena
July 31, 2017
On the “demonic energy & radiance” of “Mustang”
Unlike it's reception in United States, "Mustang" has been divisive in Turkey
Turkish Contemporary Art 2.0
Kaya Genç interviews contemporary Turkish artist Halil Altındere and writer Süreyyya Evren about "User’s Manual 2.0: Contemporary Art in Turkey 1975–2015."
The Return of the Repressed
Arabic is one of the six most spoken languages in the world today, with more than 400 million people using one of its varieties.
Imagining the “Other”
Nazi propagandists instrumentalized and distorted Turkey for the political purposes of the Third Reich.
Turkey Under Western Eyes
"Turkish Awakening" attempts to move beyond an orientalist epistemology.
Murder Mysteries After the Death of the Author
That Sophie Hannah has managed to write a traditional Poirot novel is both the success and failure of this book.
Hercule Poirot and Us
Contributor Kaya Genç examines actor David Suchet's role as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.
Crossing the Border of Fiction
A writer, whether in America or Africa, is an observer of the world, and his first and foremost priority is to preserve a clarity of vision, which also reveals to him the complexities of his identity.
The Sacred and Its Discontents: On Jenny White’s “Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks”
IN MARCH 2014, two weeks before mayoral elections, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) released a campaign ad on national
Surviving the Black Sea: An appreciation of David Stoliar, the sole survivor of the 1942 Struma disaster
A tribute to David Stoliar, the sole survivor of the 1942 Struma disaster.
The Embassy of Gossip: Zadie Smith’s First-Person Plural
First-person plural is the least used fictional POV, but it is necessary for political action — and both are steeped in gossip.
Auerbach in Istanbul
Erich Auerbach’s life in Istanbul, after escaping the Nazis, and his greatest work, "Mimesis"
Such, Such Were the Miseries: Down and Out in Paris and London and Istanbul
Being down and out is a universal, timeless story. Just ask George Orwell.
Around the World: Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars,” Latin America’s Alfredo Jaar, and Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence
In this month's edition of "Around the World," Tom Gallagher examines Jeremy Scahill's book and just-released documentary film Dirty Wars: a
The Friends of the Museum
Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence is 500 days old. The things in the shops around it are older.
Turkey’s Glorious Hat Revolution
Wearing the wrong hat could get you killed.
Ali Kemal: Martyred Journalist and Iconic Traitor
In 1922, Ali Kemal, the great-grandfather of London’s mayor Boris Johnson, was lynched in Turkey. Ali Kemal was a journalist, not a dissident.
Ebooks v. Lattes
What would George Orwell choose: ebooks or lattes? His classic article “Books v. Cigarettes” has something of an answer.
Turkey Is Just a Thread That Ties All These Interesting Ideas Together
IN TURKEY, BÜLENT is not the first name that comes to mind when you want to establish a new
Listening to Vampire Weekend in Istanbul
A FRIEND OF MINE recently made the following observation about Ezra Koenig, the founder and lead singer of Vampire Weekend. “Did
Outside the Zone: Searching for Sarai Sierra
TWO WEEKS AGO I visited one of the most crowded Starbucks branches in Istanbul. My goal was to write a piece
Plebs and Chavs: On Textual Representation of Class
1. CLASS HAS ALWAYS BEEN a defining feature in English society. Politicians rarely admit this, often out of fear of the
Wilde in the Office
A hundred and twenty five years ago, Oscar Wilde edited a fashion magazine, his first and only office job. We have