October 2016

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Monthly, Turkey | No Comments
October 2016

I’m posting this monthly update from somewhere completely new to me: India! This was a month of mood swings.  After a rough September, I felt reinvigorated and much more like myself than I have in a long time: capable, confident, creative; energized by everyone around me. But there was also some lingering blue, perhaps because […]

Istanbul’s Hidden Botanical Garden

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Culture, Turkey | No Comments
Istanbul’s Hidden Botanical Garden

The Atasehir neighborhood on Istanbul’s Asian side is a mess of highways and mismatched ugly skyscrapers; it’s emphatically unpleasant and I rarely have an excuse to stop there. But tucked between off-ramps and building cranes is a little oasis, incongruous in this wasteland of urban blight. Hidden among the highways is the Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical […]

The Dreamspace Between Istanbul and New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in Photography, Turkey, USA | 8 Comments
The Dreamspace Between Istanbul and New York City

Alison and I met each other in college. We were both theater directors and photography enthusiasts; I piqued her interest in analogue and she turned me towards the weird world of slide film. But we became close more recently, through letters. Alison and I are pen pals. Before I ever wrote a blog, I was […]

July 2016

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July 2016

On the first of July, I posted a picture on Instagram of myself atop a giant rock on our Lycian hike, with the caption: “Bring it on, July. I’m ready for you.” July, I was wrong. I was not ready for you. The first half of the month was regular summer bliss; the second half […]

This Melancholy Summer

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | No Comments
This Melancholy Summer

Istanbul summer is supposed to be full of joy. At this time last year, I was working two freelance jobs and taking intensive Turkish classes, and yet still found time for late night swing-dancing on the seaside, lazy Sunday morning breakfasts under shaded leaves, cheeky midday beers. These days, every conversation is infused with melancholy. […]

A New Normal

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 12 Comments
A New Normal

“My soul, my beauty, my dolorous one, the day of disaster is at hand, come to me no matter where you are, mayhap in an office thick with cigarette smoke, or in the onion-scented kitchen of a house redolent with the smell of laundry, or in a messy blue bedroom. No matter where you are, […]

June 2016

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
June 2016

June might be one of the shorter months, but this one stretched out and took strange twists and turns. After the slog of springtime, even the sweaty heat couldn’t keep me down. Best Of The Month This month kicked off with one of the best trips I’ve ever taken: a weeklong adventure along the Lycian […]

May 2016

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
May 2016

I was talking to my friend Natalie about these monthly updates, and how much I enjoy writing them and having them to look back on. It’s been a year now since I started doing this on the blog– a year of books, music, memories, ephemera. What was most gratifying, though, was hearing how much she […]

Trapped in Turkey, Again

Posted on May 30, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
Trapped in Turkey, Again

I didn’t think I’d find myself in this situation again, but here we are. I’m unable to travel outside of Turkey until the end of July. Two years ago, I renewed my resident permit for the first time just days after a new system was put in place– which meant that no one knew how […]

The Concrete Splendor Of Sancaklar Mosque

Posted on May 6, 2016 in Culture, Turkey | No Comments
The Concrete Splendor Of Sancaklar Mosque

It’s no secret that I am drawn to strange buildings, from the Brutalist behemoths I learned to love in Boston to the concrete Communist monuments left to die in the Bulgarian countryside. Istanbul is rightfully better known for its Ottoman splendor and early 20th-century baroque than its soulless 70’s apartment buildings and incongruous Atasehir skyscrapers, […]