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I grew up in Istanbul … among society people. I wanted to be like the Europeans. I couldn’t see how I could reconcile my becoming a European with a God who required women to wrap themselves in scarves.
Turkey is made in such a way that the country’s culture is also made of two spirits not essentially fighting with each other but trying to find ways of combining. . . . In that sense, I’m slightly schizophrenic, slightly.
I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.
–Orhan Pamuk, Yeni Hayat (The New Life)(1995)(the opening of the book)
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Estimated number of calories a person consumes during Thanksgiving dinner:
The earth had become twice as dusty during the past century.
A man sued Pennsylvania state police who detained him for 29 days when they mistook his homemade soap for cocaine.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”