Before becoming one of the most praised electronic music producers of the last few years, Omar Souleyman was a successful wedding singer in his homeland Syria, with something like five hundred live albums released through 2011, the year the civil war broke in his country, forcing him to flee to Turkey, where he’s been based ever since....more
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Turkish police arrested seven teachers at a bookstore in a raid against dissent.
A Houston bookstore celebrated indie bookstore day with drunk coloring....more
Although Brooklyn stalwart BookCourt is sadly set to close at the end of the year, Modern Lovers author and former BookCourt employee Emma Straub plans to open a new shop in the the neighborhood. Books Are Magic, as the shop will be called, will be 1,500 square feet and hopes to open by April....more
First, in Rumpus Saturday Fiction, Sherman Alexie’s shares three short stories—”Fixed Income,” “Honor Society,” and “Valediction”—that all offer his trademark whimsy and insight into the human condition. Three different teenagers struggle with poverty, endemic racism, and social exclusion, and must depend upon themselves to make the right choices in difficult moral situations....more
This week, the Turkish government has jailed a prominent politician who is referred to fondly as “Kurdish Obama” and shutdown Cumhuriyet, a popular newspaper. Amid these distressing developments, Kaya Genç looks towards books and history in her profile of 20th century Turkish humorist Aziz Nesin at The Millions....more
Some books take such a mammoth effort to produce that it’s hard to want to be critical of them. Rolling Blackouts is one of those books. The nearly 300 pages of delicately crafted, watercolored panels make evident that Sarah Glidden is a workhorse of a talent....more
A man is facing two years in prison after comparing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Lord of the Rings character, Gollum. However, the judge in the case isn’t sure that the comparison is really an insult:
The judge adjourned the case to February and despatched…two academics, two behavioural scientists or psychologists and an expert on cinema and television productions…to pore over Gollum’s character and decide whether it is a comparison worth jail time.
Writing from Turkey, a country that temporarily unplugged Twitter to quell government protests, novelist and essayist Kaya Genç describes the experience of disconnecting from the service. Instead of the liberation he expected, the lack of Twitter left him feeling like a prisoner in solitary confinement:
On my third day without Twitter, however, I realized that I couldn’t say about Twitter what Sartre had said about hell.
My leaves are my eyes, I look in amazement
I watch you with one hundred thousand eyes, I watch Istanbul
Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran wrote those words about a tree in Gulhane Park, but after the recent protests in Istanbul, they seem to apply equally well to Gezi Park....more
Here are a couple more resources for anyone looking to get a better handle on the situation in Turkey right now.
Gawker has a simple, accessible FAQ-style explanation for those of us who don’t know much about Turkish politics.
Boing Boing linked to an interesting interview with a protester at a German website....more
Though American media coverage has been minimal, anti-government protests in Turkey have been raging for three days now.
The BBC has a summary of the protesters’ grievances against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s increasingly autocratic and religious prime minister.
The Guardian is maintaining an often-updated live feed on the situation....more
“With every book you write you limit yourself a little bit because you can’t do the same thing again. I’ve written two novels about people in their 20s—with this one I wanted to write about a woman looking back on her life.”...more
I was out last week on vacation, but I’m back. And there’s a lot to catch up on. Here goes …...more