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December 1, 2022 – A contribution, alongside 1,639 participating critics, programmers, curators, archivists, and academics in Sight and Sound’s The Greatest Films of All Time 2022 poll. Texts for four films: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927), Bicycle Thieves (1948), L’avventura (1960), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966).

October 21, 2022 – In Artforum, a review of Erdem Taşdelen’s “Unmade Films.”

October 10, 2022 – In Los Angeles Review of Books, a survey of the work of Annie Ernaux via her memoir “Getting Lost”.

October 9, 2022 – In the Autumn 2022 issue of Index on Censorship, two new pieces: an article on the industrialization of Turkish football and a short story about an unforgettable football match.

September 28, 2022 – A review of the 17th Istanbul Biennial for Artforum.

September 23, 2022 – An essay on Ahmet Doğu İpek in the October 2022 issue of Art in America.

September 1, 2022 – In the September 2022 issue of Artforum, a consideration of Hakan Topal’s practice.

August 18, 2022 – A profile of Elif Batuman in the autumn 2022 issue of New Humanist.

August 12, 2022 – In the The Lancet, an exploration of the exile of Turkish doctors.

July 31, 2022 – In the The Los Angeles Review of Books, an essay on Turkey’s return to autocracy, forty years after the 1980 military coup.

June 28, 2022 – A talk at this year’s Internazionale festival in Ferrara (September 30-October 2, 2022).

June 12, 2022 – An essay for the BBC.

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

May 27, 2022 – In Al Jazeera, a piece on the crisis of Turkey’s publishing world.

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

May 1, 2022 – “An ode to Marmara”, is shortlisted for the 2022 European Press Prize.

April 28, 2022 – Interview 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 – A public talk on 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 – An exploration of Oscar Wilde’s biographers in a new essay for The Los Angeles Review of Books.

April 7, 2022 – In Aperture, an essay on a book devoted to Atatürk’s photographic legacy.

April 6, 2022 – In the upcoming May 2022 issue of Art in America, a review of 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 – In Index on Censorship’s 50th Anniversary Issue (Spring 2022), an essay on Yaşar Kemal’s legacy.

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

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

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

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

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

January 21, 2022 – In the Criterion Collection’s The Criterion Daily, a reference to a “terrifically succinct primer on Turkish cinema and Ceylan’s oeuvre.”

January 20, 2022 – 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 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, a review of Burak Kabadayı’s Static Shifts, Dynamic Rifts.

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

December 1, 2021 – In the 10th Anniversary Issue of Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, an essay on Istanbul’s antique dealers.

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

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

November 27, 2021 – On December 13, 2021, a public talk for Index on Censorship’s Winter Magazine Launch.

November 26, 2021 – On Medyascope, an interview on Turkey’s YouTube clerics.

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

October 30, 2021 – An essay on a much politicized and storied route for Mashallah News.

September 31, 2021 – An essay on Jenny White for the first ever Turkey-focused edition of Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy.

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

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

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

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

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

August 12, 2021 – In Artforum, a Critic’s Pick on Larissa Araz’s “East & West”.

August 5, 2021 – In Eurozine, an ode to Marmara.

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

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

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

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

June 4, 2021 – In Apollo, an essay on the work of Etel Adnan.

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

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

May 30, 2021 – In La Vanguardia, Catalonia’s leading newspaper, an interview about the Taksim Square.

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

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

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

April 21, 2021 – In the April 23, 2021 issue of The Times Literary Supplement a piece on the many lives of Joseph Conrad.

April 16, 2021 – An article on the Istanbul Convention in the April 17, 2021 issue of The Lancet.

March 12, 2021 – In Artforum a talk with the 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 a 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, a public talk about ‘the New Young Turks’ for the Greater Manchester Humanists.

February 23, 2021 – In Artforum, a review of “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, an essay on Orhan Pamuk’s photographs of Istanbul.

February 2, 2021 – Turkey’s clerics go electric. In Rest of World, an investigation.

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

January 8, 2021 – In The Guardian, an interview with Bethan McKernan about Turkey’s folktale tradition.

January 1, 2021 – In The New Republic, a 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, an essay on Ahmet Sel, Turkey’s greatest living portrait photographer.

December 25, 2020 – In La Vanguardia, Catalonia’s leading newspaper, an interview on the history of Istanbul’s coffee culture.

December 19, 2020 – In Eurozine, a new 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 a look into the ordeals of Istanbul’s Şehir University.

December 11, 2020 – In Full Stop, a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

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

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

November 11, 2020 – In The Times Literary Supplement an exploration of the struggle to stage Kurdish theatre in Turkey.

November 10, 2020 – An article on 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 – A profile of Şavkar Altınel for Global Literature in Libraries Inititative.

October 11, 2020 – A talk about the legacy of Eric Auerbach for Frankfurt Book Fair.

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

September 30, 2020 – “The Duty”, a new short story, in the autumn 2020 issue of Index on Censorship.

September 16, 2020 – In Eurozine, an essay on bekçi.

September 14, 2020 – In Artforum, an interview with Stéphanie Saadé on the Beirut explosion and an artwork lost to the blast.

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

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

August 30, 2020 – In The Guardian, an interview with 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 a look at the revival of Turkey’s auxiliary police force, the bekçi.

August 11, 2020 – In Rest of World an investigation of Turkey’s Delivery Wars.

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

July 22, 2020 – On July 31, a 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 – An essay on the significance of re-mosquing Hagia Sophia in New Humanist.

July 14, 2020 – In The Point, an essay on the history of lockdowns in Turkey.

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

June 27, 2020 – In the ‘Sex issue’ of Internazionale, an investigation into transgender rights in Turkey.

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

June 12, 2020 – In the summer 2020 issue of Index on Censorship an essay on the 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, an essay on 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, an interview on 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, a review of 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, an essay on Turkish cinephilia in the time of Covid-19.

April 17, 2020 – An interview with the Solidarity newspaper about The Lion and the Nightingale.

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

April 12, 2020 – In Ahval, a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

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

March 26, 2020 – In the Spring 2020 issue of Index on Censorship, a 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, a reflection on saying Yes in the time of Covid-19.

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

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

February 10, 2020 – A conversation with Rachael Jolley at Bloomsbury Institute on March 12, 2020.

February 3, 2020 – A public talk at the 2020 edition of Lahore Literary Festival.

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

January 20, 2020 — A ‘Seminar on Turkey’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on March 6, 2020.

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

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

December 25, 2019 – In Daily Sabah, a review of The Lion and the Nightingale.

December 1, 2019 – In the December 2019 issue of Artforum, a piece about Nilbar Güreş.

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

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

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

November 1, 2019 – A report on the strange case of a Turkish scientist in the November 2, 2019 issue of The Lancet.

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

October 24, 2019 – Guest appearance on the BBC Weekend program about The Lion and the Nightingale on October 26.

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

October 4, 2019 – On October 21, 2019, a public talk at an English PEN event about the legacy of Sabiha Sertel at London’s Free Word Centre.

September 11, 2019 – 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, an exploration of Turkey’s censorship of the internet.

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

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

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

April 2, 2019 – A new essay in The New Yorker.

November 2018 – In the New York Review of Books, a consideration of the new Istanbul airport.

June 2018 – In The New York Times, a frontpage story on the ‘Erdoğan Supremacy’.