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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.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Number of U.S. congressional districts in which trade with China has produced more jobs than it has cost:
Young bilingual children who learned one language first are likelier than monolingual children and bilingual children who learned languages simultaneously to say that a dog adopted by owls will hoot.
An Oklahoma legislative committee voted to defund Advanced Placement U.S. History courses, accusing the curriculum of portraying the United States as “a nation of oppressors and exploiters.”
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