We Have Moved

Dear Readers, Almost a year later, there has been a pause again. Not being able to balance the fast pace of life, some rather burdensome events and the heaviness of the duty I felt towards this blog made me pull away from it… Until something new began to bloom under[…]

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March: a BREAK

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. – William Alexander March to[…]

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Why You should Like Jazz

For my 8th birthday, my parents got me a pink cassette player, which to me is still one of the best presents I’ve ever received in my life. I loved it. I loved that it was pink. I loved the clicking sound it made when I put a tape in. I[…]

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Efendi – A Neighborhood Bar Passionate for Cocktails

His passion is obvious from the focus of the concept. It’s not a restaurant/bar. Not a café/bar. Not a hotel/bar. It’s a bar/bar. When most bar menus in the city merely consist of usual suspects of cocktails like Satsuma or Mojito, and when most bartenders manufacture drinks like machines from a factory,[…]

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February: PASSION

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding[…]

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How to Analyse Dreams for Real

 There is innately in every human being  a desire to hear stories that matter and  dreams are stories that matter. – Clarissa Pinkola Estés I’m one of those lucky people who dreams elaborate dreams, almost every night, and remembers them. On some mornings it feels like I’ve just seen a David Lynch film, and on[…]

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Birben’s January Music Playlist

This month started with the loss of David Bowie, whose colorful outfits and characters; Major Tom, Mars, Spiders on Mars, Ziggy Stardurst, would also color my daydreams when I was a little girl… Perhaps that’s why, upon reading Başak’s wonderful post, I found it difficult to make this list till[…]

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January: DREAM

 Nothing happens unless first we dream. – Carl Sandburg “What’s your New Year‘s resolution?” was the question of December, being asked by friends and family, colleagues and strangers at every meeting, dinner or cocktail party. Everybody’s got their foreseen answers ready to hand out like business cards – “Lose weight.” “Quit drinking/smoking/insert vice of[…]

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Birben’s December Music Playlist

Most recognize the name Chuck Palahniuk from the novel Fight Club… but for me, his most beautifully profound piece of work is the novel Invisible Monsters: “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” How wonderfully my dear friend  Başak describes in her writing, the necessity[…]

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