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A Tiryaki Haze on the first day of school


  It’s the first day of the spring semester.  As one of my students put it in an email last week, “you are going to need to find all of us – little pebbles in the forest – wash us … Continue reading

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Return of the Writeamatrix (who compares Turkish and U.S. academe)


I quickly slurp down my cay, anticipating the whipcracking Writeamatrix to crack me up any moment now.  As you may recall, she is the academic dominatrix in my head who wants me to, in no uncertain terms, GET BACK TO … Continue reading

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The Writematrix Makes Her Presence Known (even Karagöz is cowering)


It’s about 3 a.m., the wind is blowing fiercely outside.  I can hear the ocean from here – even though it is across the street.  The waves are crashing on the sea wall.  It is a comforting moment to feel … Continue reading

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