Do you like swearing? Do you like surveys?

The angriest bat Your two great passions are united in my thrilling questionnaire about your profanity usage. If you’re from the United States or Turkey, please take a minute to fill out one of the surveys below! I’ll post the results soon. Subscribe using the red bar at the top of the page for updates […]

Turkish Graffiti

One of my great hobbies is complaining about the weather. Any deviation from a strict 70 degrees will do for this; my habitat is definitely the indoors. Vermont Februaries, I think darkly to myself these days, are savage and merciless, the crocodile of the seasons. Crocodiles are unstoppable Google tells me it’s -10 F outside, […]

Kurdistan and Turkey – Two Worlds

Every now and then I’m reminded of the baby naming laws in various countries, and then I spend the next half an hour looking up all the absurd things parents tried to name their offspring. It makes a good distraction from almost anything. Try it! It’s fun. This article alone occupied me for five of […]

Patriotism

After some undefined number of months living in another country, the major contrasts between Old Home and New Home fade into the background. I guess I’ve grown accustomed to rhythms of Turkish life. I get a strange sensation of uncertainty sometimes, indecision- firetrucks screeching up the street and missing their turn, playing board games at […]

Tarlabaşı: ghetto living

Reporters speak of Tarlabaşı like it’s the dark heart of some fairytale forest- you can stroll down “glitzy,” “vibrant” İstiklal, but don’t stray too far from the path. Mere minutes away, it’s all too easy to find yourself in a sunless slum where the trees whisper to each other and the birds are all reporting […]

Superstition

I stayed home from work sick yesterday. I’ll spare you the macabre details, but I’m assigning direct blame to food poisoning, and indirect blame to the little beast pictured below. Convinced by Deniz (aka Peter)’s adorable purring and very soft fur, I’ve been leaving my window open overnight so he can curl up with me […]

Turkish music – Don’t bother with Tarkan

For the longest time, Turkish music, for me, was a source of bafflement. The landscapes here are amazing, the food is the best I’ve ever had, the language is a maze of poetic possibilities, the population generally so attractive that it feels like they must be cheating somehow. A few months in Turkey had all […]

23; still childish

Saturday was my first day as a 23-year old. I spent most of it sprawled out in bed, feeling like I’d been run over by a truck (note for parents: I was up late reading to the elderly and vaccinating orphans). When I finally emerged into the living room, clutching at my head and keeping […]

Earthquake

There was an earthquake on Monday. I wouldn’t have known, personally. I was sitting in the living room with my new quasi-flatmates (okay, I don’t live there, but I might as well) and partaking in a zealous debate about whose turn it was to go to the store. Two of us yabancı (foreigners) and two […]

The ant prayer

As much as I love Harry Potter, the books did leave me with one nagging concern. Why doesn’t anybody use the Internet? Have I vastly overestimated the state of modern technology in England? Is this why my British friends haven’t been answering my emails? More likely, I guess, is that a world full of computer-savvy […]