As a professional who reads and writes for a living, not sticking with my reading goals used to bother me. A lot. Sort of like leaving a book unread or not finishing a book, you know? I’m sure you know (especially if you’re a bookworm). But as I transition into my new life, I’m learning to find joy in leaving a book unfinished. Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2020
June has officially come to an end, and I’ve decided to post my first wrap-up piece as I wait for my flight back home at O’Hare. Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2020
Last week, I discussed some of my favorite songs that were inspired by literature. Today, in Part II, I continue my foray into the world of music and literature. And at the end, you will find a playlist with over 60 songs inspired by all things literary. Continue reading Music Inspired by Literature: From Sylvia Plath to Lolita | Part II
Here’s a mixtape of books inspired by music and songs inspired by literature in a three part series. Continue reading Music Inspired by Literature: From Cornwall to Småland | Part I
This is home too, from which I’m writing a thank you letter to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, I suppose? Who would have thought? Continue reading On Winter, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire & Home
.. I’m from Istanbul. No, really. Originally. My great-great-great-great x great grandparents had been Ottomans. I don’t know what ethnicity, but yes, Istanbulites. No, not Arabs. Rums, you say? Maybe. I’ve always suspected that. No, not Armenian. But maybe. Continue reading Istanbul, Not Constantinople… ?
Migrant writer Aglaja Veteranyi once wrote that “[her] father says you remember the smell of your country no matter where you are but only recognize it when you’re far away.” Continue reading Leila Aboulela: Home, The Nile & Roasted Watermelon Seeds
Fiction has the power to uncover what is left unsaid in headlines and social media posts. It disrupts the chain of narratives that insidiously silence the voices of those who demand to be heard. Continue reading The Sudan Series: The Power to Narrate