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June 28, 2022 – I will be attending this year’s Internazionale festival in Ferrara (September 30-October 2, 2022).

June 12, 2022 – I wrote an essay for the BBC.

June 1, 2022 – I write about Turkey’s newfound russophilia in the summer 2022 issue of Index on Censorship.

May 27, 2022 – Al Jazeera publishes my story on the crisis of Turkey’s publishing world.

May 20, 2022 – The Italian newspaper Avvenire runs an interview with me about the Italian edition of The Lion and the Nightingale.

May 1, 2022 – My Eurozine essay, “An ode to Marmara”, is shortlisted for the 2022 European Press Prize!

April 28, 2022 – I talk about why Anglophone publications have turned into a haven for Turkish writers in this piece published by the New York based International Center for Journalists.

April 18, 2022 – I will be presenting The Lion and the Nightingale’s Italian edition, Il leone e’lusignolo (hopefulmonster editore, 2022) at the Turin Book Fair (May 19-23, 2022).

April 15, 2022 – I explore Oscar Wilde’s biographers in a new essay for The Los Angeles Review of Books.

April 7, 2022 – In Aperture, I review a book devoted to Atatürk’s photographic legacy.

April 6, 2022 – In the upcoming May 2022 issue of Art in America, I review Ayşe Erkmen’s latest body of work.

April 5, 2022 – David N. Meyer reviews The Lion and the Nightingale in getAbstract Journal.

April 1, 2022 – Hopefulmonster Editore publishes the Italian edition of The Lion and the Nightingale. Translated by Luca Castelletti, it has a foreword by Andrea Bajani, and cover art by Sophie Calle.

March 17, 2022 – Index on Censorship’s 50th Anniversary Issue (Spring 2022) features my essay on Yaşar Kemal’s legacy.

March 15, 2022 – In the Spring 2022 issue of Aperture, I profile Sabiha Çimen.

March 10, 2022 – The Point publishes my intersecting portraits of Rachel Cusk, Mabel Dodge Luhan and D.H. Lawrence.

March 1, 2022 – I explore Nasan Tur’s practice in the March 2022 issue of Artforum.

February 23, 2022 – I have an essay on antisemitism and paranoia in Turkey in the May 2022 issue of The Jewish Quarterly.

February 21, 2022 – In Artforum, I review “What Water Knows”.

January 21, 2022 – The Criterion Collection’s The Criterion Daily features my Nuri Bilge Ceylan profile, a “terrifically succinct primer on Turkish cinema and Ceylan’s oeuvre.”

January 20, 2022 – I have an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books, four years in the making, on Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s cinema.

December 28, 2021 – In Los Angeles Review of Books I have an essay on Ayşegül Savaş’s White on White.

December 27, 2021 – For his Substack, Sasha-Frere Jones asked me, and some of my favorite writers including Rachel Kushner, Elif Batuman, Merve Emre and Lucy Sante, our reflections on 2021.

December 25, 2021 – In Artforum, I review Burak Kabadayı’s Static Shifts, Dynamic Rifts.

December 10, 2021 – In the Winter 2021 issue of Index on Censorship, I look into Turkey’s culture wars.

December 1, 2021 – Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal publishes my essay on Istanbul’s antique dealers in its 10th Anniversary Issue.

December 1, 2021 – In the December 2021 issue of Artforum, I consider Emre Hüner’s latest body of work.

November 28, 2021 – On December 9, 2021, I’ll be joining the 10th Birthday Party of the Los Angeles Review of Books for a toast and a reading.

November 27, 2021 – On December 13, 2021, I’ll speak at Index on Censorship’s Winter Magazine Launch.

November 26, 2021 – On Medyascope, I discuss Turkey’s YouTube clerics.

November 1, 2021 – In the November 2021 issue of Artforum, I explore Volkan Aslan’s latest body of work, “Stay Well”.

October 30, 2021 – I have an essay on a much politicized and storied route in Mashallah News.

September 31, 2021 – I contribute to the first ever Turkey-focused edition of Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy with an essay on Jenny White.

September 30, 2021 – Rest of World publishes my deep dive into Istanbul’s gaming scene.

September 29, 2021 – In the Autumn 2021 issue of Index on Censorship, I explore Turkey’s Green Movement and the antisemitic assaults on its rapidly growing base.

September 23, 2021 – Internazionale, one of Italy’s leading weeklies, publishes my essay on the environmental collapse of ‘New Turkey’.

September 11, 2021 – For Shepherd, I pick the best books on horrible years that inspired The Lion and the Nightingale.

August 18, 2021 – In the autumn 2021 issue of New Humanist, I profile Paul B. Preciado.

August 12, 2021 – Artforum publishes my Critic’s Pick review of Larissa Araz’s “East & West”.

August 5, 2021 – Eurozine leads with my ode to Marmara.

July 20, 2021 – In the Summer 2021 issue of Index on Censorship, I profile Faruk Bildirici, Turkey’s “Truthteller”.

July 19, 2021 – In The Point, I look into the struggle for the soul of Boğaziçi University.

June 29, 2021 – I review Deniz Gül’s “Scratch and Surface” in Art in America.

June 24, 2021 – On BBC World Service I talk about the perks and pitfalls of delivery services in Istanbul.

June 4, 2021 – In Apollo I ponder the work of Etel Adnan.

June 2, 2021 – My essay on Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat is published in the Summer 2021 issue of The Happy Reader.

June 1, 2021 – In the Summer 2021 issue of Artforum, I review Gökçen Cabadan’s new exhibition, Gaslighting.

May 30, 2021 – La Vanguardia, Catalonia’s leading newspaper, publishes an essay on Taksim Square with my comments.

May 14, 2021 – In the May 15, 2021 issue of The Lancet I investigate COVID-19’s progress in Turkey.

May 1, 2021 – In the May 2021 issue of Artforum, I look into the latest body of work by Extrastruggle.

April 25, 2021 – In the Spring 2021 issue of Index on Censorship magazine, I look into the stories of exiled Uighurs in Turkey.

April 21, 2021 – In the April 23, 2021 issue of The Times Literary Supplement I consider the many lives of Joseph Conrad.

April 16, 2021 – I write about the Istanbul Convention in the April 17, 2021 issue of The Lancet.

March 12, 2021 – In Artforum I talk with video artist Barış Doğrusöz, who operates at the junction of architecture and history, and is currently showing work from his cycle “The Locus of Power”.

March 11, 2021 – Politics, Religion & Ideology reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

March 1, 2021 – In the March 2021 issue of Artforum I look into Zehra Doğan’s work which chronicles, defies, and transforms the twenty-seven months she spent in Turkish prisons.

February 28, 2021 – On March 17, I’ll talk about ‘the New Young Turks’ at a Greater Manchester Humanists event.

February 23, 2021 – In Artforum I review “Crystal Clear”, a group show inspired by philosophers Bruno Latour and Byung-Chul Han’s writings on the “climatic regime” and the false ideals of transparency.

February 11, 2021 – In The Point, I look at Orhan Pamuk’s photographs of Istanbul.

February 2, 2021 – Turkey’s clerics go electric. In Rest of World I investigate their stories.

January 30, 2021 – In the March-April 2021 issue of Art in America I review Eda Sütunç’s ‘Future Looms’.

January 8, 2021 – In The Guardian I talk to Bethan McKernan about Turkey’s folktale tradition.

January 1, 2021 – In The New Republic, I look into Ahmet Altan’s ‘Ottoman Quartet’.

December 26, 2020 – In the winter 2020 issue of HAMAM, a new quarterly print publication that celebrates the art and culture of bathing, I have an essay on Ahmet Sel, Turkey’s greatest living portrait photographer.

December 25, 2020 – La Vanguardia, Catalonia’s leading newspaper, publishes an essay on the history of Istanbul’s coffee culture with my comments.

December 19, 2020 – Eurozine leads with my essay, “Tearing down the ivory tower”.

December 18, 2020 –New Humanist picks my history of bekçi as one of its “Top 20 of 2020”.

December 15, 2020 – In the winter 2020 issue of Index on Censorship I look into the ordeals of Istanbul’s Şehir University.

December 11, 2020 – Full Stop reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

December 5, 2020 – Ta Nea, one of the oldest and most prestigious Greek newspapers, reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

December 1, 2020 – In the December 2020 issue of Artforum I review the latest body of work by Sarkis.

November 11, 2020 – In The Times Literary Supplement I explore the struggle to stage Kurdish theatre in Turkey.

November 10, 2020 – I write about the Turkish Medical Association and its new president Şebnem Korur Fincancı in the November 7, 2020 issue of The Lancet.

November 10, 2020 – My Frankfurt Book Fair talk about the legacy of Eric Auerbach in Istanbul is now online.

November 9, 2020 – I profile Şavkar Altınel for Global Literature in Libraries Inititative.

October 11, 2020 – I speak about the legacy of Eric Auerbach in this Frankfurt Book Fair program.

October 1, 2020 – In the October/November 2020 issue of Artforum I review Mehmet Sinan Kuran’s ‘Posthumous’.

September 30, 2020 – “The Duty”, my short story for the autumn 2020 issue of Index on Censorship, is out now.

September 16, 2020 – Eurozine leads with my essay on bekçi.

September 14, 2020 – In Artforum Stéphanie Saadé tells me about the Beirut explosion and an artwork lost to the blast.

September 10, 2020 – In the autumn 2020 issue of Index on Censorship I profile The Truth Justice Memory Centre.

September 1, 2020 – In the autumn 2020 issue of Artforum I review Cevdet Erek’s Bergama Stereotip.

August 30, 2020 – In The Guardian I talk to Bethan McKernan about transgender rights in Turkey.

August 30, 2020 – The News International reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

August 29, 2020 – HELLO! magazine’s Pakistan edition picks The Lion and the Nightingale as one of the ‘Five Must-Read Books From The Lahore Literary Festival’.

August 19, 2020 – In the autumn 2020 issue of New Humanist I look at the revival of Turkey’s auxiliary police force, the bekçi.

August 11, 2020 – In Rest of World I investigate Turkey’s Delivery Wars.

August 4, 2020 — In Culture Trip I propose an Istanbul literary pilgrimage that is an act of celebration, curiosity and defiance.

July 22, 2020 – On July 31, I will be in conversation with Silva Nortes, Issa Sikiti de Silva and Rachael Jolley for the launch of Index on Censorship magazine’s new issue on privacy in the age of coronavirus.

July 16, 2020 – I discuss the significance of re-mosquing Hagia Sophia in New Humanist.

July 14, 2020 – In The Point, I ponder the history of lockdowns in Turkey.

June 28, 2020 – On Trafika Europe Andrew Singer interviews me on ‘translation of contemporary and historical Turkish literature, as well as consideration of diaspora Turkish literature being written in English.’

June 27, 2020 – In its ‘Sex issue’ Internazionale publishes my investigation into transgender rights in Turkey.

June 18, 2020 – In Artforum I review Berkay Tuncay’s new body of work.

June 12, 2020 – In the summer 2020 issue of Index on Censorship I write about threats to citizens’ privacy in Turkey in the wake of Osman Kavala’s imprisonment.

May 27, 2020 – The Fortnightly Review reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

May 26, 2020 – In Rest of World I explore tasseography and a curious fortune-teller named Faladdin.

May 22, 2020 – The Millions reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

May 12, 2020 – On Bloomsbury Academic Podcast, I discuss The Lion and the Nightingale and the challenges of portraying Turkey’s marginalized citizens whose voices often go unheard.

May 4, 2020 – In the May/June 2020 issue of Artforum, I review Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s new show, ‘Everything Interesting Takes Place in the Dark’.

May 4, 2020 – TRT World Research Centre reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

April 24, 2020 – In Sight & Sound, I write about Turkish cinephilia in the time of Covid-19.

April 17, 2020 – I talk to the Solidarity newspaper about The Lion and the Nightingale.

April 15, 2020 – I describe the joys and difficulties of writing The Lion and the Nightingale on the Talking Turkey podcast.

April 12, 2020 – Ahval reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

April 2, 2020 – In Art in America I review Steve McQueen’s concurrent shows at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

March 26, 2020 – In the Spring 2020 issue of Index on Censorship, I look into the cases of scholars whose signatures were forged on a petition demanding the imprisonment of hundreds of Turkish intellectuals.

March 23, 2020 – In The Point, I reflect on saying Yes in the time of Covid-19.

March 5, 2020 – I have a new essay, on the return of the Syrian refugee crisis, in the New Statesman.

March 1, 2020 – I review “Breaking the Seal” in the March 2020 issue of Artforum.

February 10, 2020 – I will be in conversation with Rachael Jolley at Bloomsbury Institute on March 12, 2020.

February 3, 2020 – I will be speaking at the 2020 edition of Lahore Literary Festival.

January 31, 2020 — There is an excerpt from The Lion and the Nightingale in today’s LitHub.

January 20, 2020 — I will be giving one of this year’s ‘Seminars on Turkey’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on March 6, 2020.

January 16, 2020 — Culture Trip published a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

January 15, 2020 — I have a new piece, on Istanbul’s emancipated but precarious youth, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

December 25, 2019 – Daily Sabah reviews The Lion and the Nightingale.

December 1, 2019 – In the December 2019 issue of Artforum, I wrote about Nilbar Güreş.

December 1, 2019 – I have a new essay, on the Istanbul Biennial, in the December 2019 issue of Art in America.

November 22, 2019 – The Sydney Morning Herald published a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

November 8, 2019 – Journal of Contemporary European Studiespublished a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

November 1, 2019 – I wrote about the strange case of a Turkish scientist in the November 2, 2019 issue of The Lancet.

October 31, 2019 – The Times Literary Supplement published a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

October 24, 2019 – I will be a guest on the BBC Weekend program on October 26 and speak about The Lion and the Nightingale.

October 17, 2019 – Publication day for The Lion and the Nightingale from Bloomsbury / IB Tauris.

October 4, 2019 – On October 21, 2019, I will be speaking at an English PEN event about the legacy of Sabiha Sertel at London’s Free Word Centre.

September 11, 2019 – I have a new essay, on Lawrence Durrell, Cyprus and new tales from Nicosia, in the September 11-18, 2019 issue of The Times Literary Supplement.

September 10, 2019 – In the autumn 2019 issue of Index on Censorship, I dig into Turkey’s censorship of the internet.

August 30, 2019 – I have a new essay, on Mike Nelson, in the September 2019 issue of Art in America.

August 13, 2019 – My cover story, in the September/October 2019 issue of Foreign Affairs, is out now.

July 5, 2019 – I have a new essay, on ‘The Battle for Istanbul’, in the July 5-11, 2019 issue of The New Statesman.

April 2, 2019 – I have a new essay in The New Yorker.

November 2018 – In the New York Review of Books, I consider the new Istanbul airport.

June 2018 – The New York Times leads with my frontpage story on the ‘Erdoğan Supremacy’.