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Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

March 17, 2012


[Johnny Cash singing Kris Kristofferson’s song about how Sundays can be in the southern US. I like the part where he catches the “Sunday smell of someone fryin’ chicken.”] Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I couldn’t ignore the guilt that inevitably dogged me on Sundays when I wasn’t at church. When I was a teenager, […]

Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)

December 12, 2011


When ever I learn a new Turkish word (something that doesn’t happen often enough), I begin to hear it everywhere. I’m starting to think that after you buy a video camera, you start to see things worth shooting all around you. If last Satuday is any indication of what’s to come, I may be selling […]

City of the Blind (part 1)

November 12, 2011


Cold winds sweep through the streets up all sides of the hill to crash and then mix at the top. Sea breezes and car fumes, mainly car fumes, swirl around a large statue of a bull guarding his turf here on the median. This is Altiyol (Six ways), and the bull is a handy meeting […]

Ali Suavi

September 25, 2011


“Bilmeyen ne bilsin bizin? Bilenlere selâm olsun” -Yunus Emre If you take a lucky left turn off Bahariye Caddesi, you may experience a creeping tranquility. Eventually, you realize that the survival instinct that keeps you on edge walking around Istanbul has drifted away. You are on Ali Suavi street, and vehicles are strictly forbidden between the hours of 9am and 9pm. You are first struck by the surreal […]


June 13, 2011


“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” — Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) The Head If I ever saw her face again – oh that painful face – even for a fleeting moment as she rounded a corner and quickly passed by, even if I […]