Essays

January 2022 – Los Angeles Review of BooksMy Lonely and Beautiful Country

December 2021 – Los Angeles Review of BooksExquisitely Curated Lives

December 2021 Artforum Static Shifts, Dynamic Rifts

December 2021 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2021 issue) – Fighting Turkey’s Culture War

December 2021 Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal (no. 32, 10th Anniversary Issue) The Friends of the Museum

December 2021 Artforum (December 2021 issue) ELEKTROİZOLASYON

November 2021 Artforum (November 2021 issue) Stay Well

October 2021 – Mashallah News Neo-Ottoman Cruise

September 2021 Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy (Fall 2021 issue) – Fractured Lives in a Time of Violence

September 2021 – Rest of WorldHow Istanbul became the Silicon Valley of the mobile gaming industry

September 2021 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2021 issue) – It’s not easy being green

September 2021 – Internazionale (September 3-9 2021 issue) – Addio al mar di Marmara

August 2021 – New Humanist (Autumn 2021 issue) Master of metamorphosis

August 2021 – ArtforumEast & West

August 2021 – EurozineAn ode to Marmara

July 2021 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2021 issue) – Truthteller

July 2021 – The PointImpious Generation

June 2021 – The Happy Reader (Summer 2021 issue) – On Sabahattin Ali

June 2021 – Artforum (Summer 2021 issue) – Gaslighting

May 2021 – The Lancet (May 15, 2021 issue) – A Nation on Edge

April 2021 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2021 issue) – Turkey Changes Its Tune

April 2021 – The Times Literary Supplement (April 23, 2021 issue) – Geography militant

April 2021 – The Lancet (April 17, 2021 issue) – The Istanbul Convention

March 2021 – Artforum – The Locus of Power

March 2021 – Artforum (March 2021 issue) – Not Approved

February 2021 – Artforum – Crystal Clear

February 2021 – The Point – Streets Like Living Rooms

February 2021 – Rest of WorldTurkey’s clerics go electric

January 2021 – Art in America (March-April 2021 issue) – Future Looms

December 2020 – The New RepublicThe Ottoman Quartet

December 2020 – Eurozine – On Şehir

December 2020 – Artforum (December 2020 issue) – Sarkis

December 2020 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2020 issue) – Tearing down the ivory tower

December 2020 – HAMAM (Winter 2020 issue) – Oriental Illusions

November 2020 – The Times Literary SupplementThe form of a tragicomedy

November 2020 – The Lancet (November 7, 2020 issue) – Turkish Medical Association clashes with politicians

November 2020 – Global Literature in Libraries InitiativeLiterature of Exile: Şavkar Altınel

October 2020 – Artforum (October/November 2020 issue) – Mehmet Sinan Kuran

September 2020 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2020 issue) – The Duty

September 2020 – EurozineThe Return of the Bekçi

September 2020 – ArtforumStéphanie Saadé

September 2020 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2020 issue) – Tracing Turkey’s Disappeared

September 2020 – Artforum (Autumn 2020 issue) – Cevdet Erek

August 2020 – New Humanist (Autumn 2020 issue) – Watching the Watchmen

August 2020 – Rest of WorldDelivery Wars

August 2020 – Culture TripOn the Trail of Turkish Literature’s Greats in Istanbul

July 2020 – New HumanistHagia Sophia re-mosqued

July 2020 – The PointFor Their Own Safety

June 2020 – InternazionaleLa dura lotta delle persone trans

June 2020 – ArtforumBerkay Tuncay

June 2020 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2020 issue) – Losing the Last Oasis: Privacy in Turkey After Osman Kavala’s Imprisonment

May 2020 – Rest of World Can a former model predict your future? A million Turkish users say yes

May 2020 – Artforum (May/June 2020 issue) – Everything Interesting Takes Place in the Dark

April 2020 – Sight & SoundQuarantined But Not Forgotten

April 2020 – Art in AmericaSteve McQueen

March 2020 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2020 issue) – Academically Challenged

March 2020 – The PointSaying Yes

March 2020 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2020 issue) – Generations Apart

March 2020 – New StatesmanAs the Syrian refugee crisis returns, the EU appears heartless

March 2020 – ArtforumBreaking the Seal

January 2020 – LitHub One Day in the Life of Murat Çelikkan

January 2020 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksAfter an Opposition Victory, Istanbul’s Youth Feel Emancipated and Precarious

January 2020 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2020 issue) – A piece of hay

January 2020 – Art in America (January 2020 issue) – Rosa Barba

January 2020 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2020 issue) – Sounds against silence

December 2019 – Artforum (December 2019 issue) – Nilbar Güreş

December 2019 – Art in America (December 2019 issue) – The Istanbul Biennial

November 2019 – The Lancet (November 2, 2019 issue) – The case of a Turkish scientist

November 2019 – Artforum (November 2019 issue) – Wild Flowers

November 2019 – Art in America (November 2019 issue) – Forward, March!

September 2019 – The Times Literary Supplement (September 11-18, 2019 issue) – Walled future

September 2019 – Art in America (September 2019 issue) – Mike Nelson in Istanbul

September 2019 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2019 issue) – Switch off, we’re landing

August 2019 – Art in AmericaSelfies on the Battlefield

August 2019 – Foreign Affairs (September/October 2019 issue) – Erdogan’s Way (cover story)

July 2019 – The New Statesman (July 5-11, 2019 issue) – Inside the battle for Istanbul

June 2019 – Artforum (Summer 2019 issue) – Zeyno Pekünlü

June 2019 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2019 issue) – Rule of One

May 2019 – Point MagazineHow to Lose a Language

May 2019 – ArtforumMarsyas

May 2019 – Art in America (May 2019 issue) – Semiha Berksoy

April 2019 – The New Yorker Turkey’s Local Elections

April 2019 – Artforum (April 2019 issue) – Touching Feeling

April 2019 – Artforum (April 2019 issue) – Positive Space

April 2019 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2019 issue) – All the Local News

March 2019 – Art in America (March 2019 issue) – Prisoners of Correct History

February 2019 – ArtforumMemories of a Solitary Cruise

December 2018 – Art in America The Distance Artist

December 2018 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2018 issue) – A Matter of Strife and Death

December 2018 – ArtforumWings of Desire

November 2018 – Apollo MagazineThe eye of Istanbul

October 2018 – The New York Review of BooksFlights of Fancy

October 2018 – ArtforumA World of Ten Thousand Things

September 2018 – ArtforumThe Eye’s Ray

September 2018 – Art in America (September 2018 issue)– Art in Public

September 2018 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2018 issue) – Turkey’s Unnatural Selection

August 2018 – ArtforumMundessa

June 2018 – The New York Review of Books (June 28, 2018 issue) – Sex Changes in Turkey (cover story)

June 26, 2018 – The New York TimesThe Erdogan Supremacy (front page story)

June 22, 2018 – The New York Review of BooksThe Imperial Presidency

June 2018 – The Los Angeles Review of Books – Portnoy’s Complaint in Turkish

June 2018 – World Policy Journal (Summer 2018 issue) – Reading between the Lines

June 2018 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2018 issue) – A walk in the park

June 2018 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2018 issue) – Slouching away from Eden

May 11, 2018 – ArtforumContinuity Error

May 5, 2018 – Fondazione Merz Two or Three Things I Know About Her: On Fatma Bucak

May, 2018 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2018 issue) – Unleashing the past

April 14, 2018 – ArtforumIsle

April 2, 2018 – The New York TimesWho is a Turk? It’s Complicated

December 2017 – The Nation (December 4-11, 2017 issue) – Fathers and Sons

November 2017 – The New York Review of Books (November 9-22, 2017 issue) – A Very American Endeavor

October 31, 2017 – The Los Angeles Review of Books – A Refuge in Uncertain Times

August 29, 2017 – The London Review of Books – On the Sleeper

August 2017 – Aperture (Fall 2017 issue)  – Elements of Style: On Olgaç Bozalp

July 31, 2017 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksAt Santa Maddalena

July 15, 2017 – VICEOne year later

June 20, 2017 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe pleasures of the glimpse: on Dirk Braeckman at the Venice Biennale

June 2017 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2017 issue) – Frenemies: a story

June 2017 – New Humanist (Summer 2017 issue) – The dispossessed 

April 16, 2017 – VICEIstanbul on the edge

April 7, 2017 – The Times Literary SupplementGothic Sherlock (cover story)

March 18, 2017 – The WorldPostThe Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

February 10, 2017 – Aperture (Spring 2017 issue) – Dispatches: Istanbul

January 20, 2017 – Sight and SoundTurkey’s Greatest Cinephile?

January 11, 2017 – The WorldPostUnder a Blanket of Snow, Istanbul Finally Breathes

January 7, 2017 – New RepublicWalking Dully Along

January 1, 2017 – The New York TimesFirst Darkness, Then Terror

December 21, 2016 – VICESyria’s astronaut refugee

December 20, 2016 – The New StatesmanThe Russian ambassador’s killing will only strengthen Turkey-Russia relations

December 12, 2016 – The New StatesmanAn attack on Istanbul’s warm heart

December 2, 2016 – The WorldPostUncertainty in Post-Coup Turkey Is Refueling Istanbul’s Art Scene

November 25, 2016 – The Times Literary SupplementBlank spaces on the map

October 26, 2016 – The MillionsOur Great Contrarian

October 24, 2016 – The BelieverA Young Turk in Love

October 20, 2016 – The WorldPostAfter the Failed Coup, Many Young Turks Are Yearning For Independence

August 27, 2016 – London Review BookshopAngry Young Turkey: on Turkey’s frustrations

August 9, 2016 – The NationalMark Rothko, the flag and Turkey’s red future

July 20, 2016 – The WorldPostA Night Out With Turkey’s Anti-Coup Protesters

July 18, 2016 – Pacific StandardWhen American Radicals Take Over the Berlin Bienniale

July 16, 2016 – The New York TimesA Night at the Coup

July 15, 2016 – The Times Literary SupplementWilde the child

July 1, 2016 – The WorldPostOnce the Capital of Nostalgia, Istanbul Is Now the Capital of Anxiety and Neurosis

June 30, 2016 – Pacific StandardThe Mood in Istanbul

June 15, 2016 – GuernicaThe White Center

June 3, 2016 – The Times Literary Supplement‘Please don’t leave us alone’: ‘A TLS symposium with leading figures in academia, literature and the humanities’

May 26, 2016 – The WorldPostTurkey is About to Change

May 10, 2016 – The MillionsHere’s to the Cowardly Ones: On Dmitri Shostakovich and Emotional Rebellion

May 2, 2016 – The WorldPostIn Turkey, Secularism Is Much More Than a Word

April 13, 2016 – New RepublicSpringtime in Istanbul

April 7, 2016 – Los Angeles Review of BooksOn the “demonic energy & radiance” of “Mustang”

April 1, 2016 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2016 Issue) – When the Dream upset the regime

March 28, 2016 – Pacific StandardAn American in Istanbul: Molly Crabapple on Art and Activism

March 18, 2016 – NewsweekTurkey’s Deal with the EU Could Destroy Its Flourishing Refugee Community

March 16, 2016 – London Review of BooksThe Case of Fadi Mansour

March 11, 2016 – Index on CensorshipOn “coup plots”, journalism trials and Turkey’s need for a proper dissensus

February 15, 2016 – GuernicaIstanbul’s Wandering Songbirds

January 28, 2016 – Sight & Sound10 great films set in Istanbul

January 16, 2016 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksTurkish Contemporary Art 2.0

January 12, 2016 – The WorldPostIstanbul Has Always Been a City of Fires and Earthquakes. Today, It Was a City of Terror.

December 21, 2015 – London Review of BooksFinneganın Vahı

December 17, 2015 – New RepublicThe Graphic Memoir Comes to Turkey

December 11, 2015 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Return of the Repressed

December 1, 2015 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2015 Issue) – Not just hot air

December 1, 2015 – The WorldPostSyria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

November 16, 2015 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksImagining the “Other”

November 9, 2015 – The Believer – A Novel Without a Head

November 2, 2015 – New RepublicWhy Turkey Stuck With Erdogan

November 2, 2015 – Pacific StandardIn Search of Istanbul’s Ghost Malls

September 29, 2015 – Al Jazeera EnglishPoverty in Orhan Pamuk’s Turkey

September 21, 2015 – The Believer  – A Call for Peace

September 18, 2015 – Pacific StandardThe Istanbul Biennial: Orhan Pamuk and the Mysteries of Water

September 13, 2015 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksTurkey Under Western Eyes

September 1, 2015 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2015 Issue) – In the Court of Purity

July 31, 2015 – Pacific StandardHow Turkey’s War on ISIS Is Imperiling a Kurdish Peace

July 19, 2015 – The Los Angeles Review of BooksMurder Mysteries After the Death of the Author

July 13, 2015 – Pacific StandardRiding an UberBOAT Across the Bosphorous

July 1, 2015 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2015 Issue) – Silence on Campus 

June 11, 2015 – Little AtomsWelcome to Turkey’s Desert of the Real

June 8, 2015 – TimeTurkish Voters Have Punished the Ruling Party for Bullying Minorities

June 5, 2015 – ProspectCould this party change Turkey’s political landscape?

April 19, 2015 – Sight & SoundOne Step Back

April 6, 2015 – The GuardianTurkey’s social media ban is a hark back to the old bureaucracy

March 18, 2015 – Index on Censorship (Spring 2015 Issue) – The state v the poets

February 27, 2015 – London Review of BooksTurkish versions of ‘The Little Prince’

January 12, 2015 – The BelieverA Turkish Hero of Our Time

January 12, 2015 – Full Stop – Diary of the Fall

December 11, 2014 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2014 Issue) – A climate of intimidation

November 26, 2014 – GuernicaWindows in the House of History

November 25, 2014 – The Believer – Kaya Genç on Avi Steinberg on The Book of Mormon

November 10, 2014 – New Humanist – (Winter 2014 Issue) – In Search of the ‘New Turkey’

October 24, 2014 – The Believer – Art in the Office

October 23, 2014 – GuernicaThe Keys to the Kingdom

October 23, 2014 – The RumpusThe Children Act

October 21, 2014 – Sight & SoundForbidden Fruit

October 5, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksHercule Poirot and Us

September 15, 2014 – Index on Censorship (Autumn 2014 Issue) – Political Framing

August 21, 2014 – London Review of BooksTurkey’s New Left

August 14, 2014 – The Believer – Winter sleep of emotions

August 8, 2014 – GuernicaTurkey’s Unofficial Referandum

August 7, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksCrossing the Border of Fiction

July 12, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Sacred and its Discontents

July 12, 2014 – The Guardian – An appreciation of Andrew Mango

June 19, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksSurviving the Black Sea

June 12, 2014 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2014 Issue) – Ghost of Turkey’s Past

June 12, 2014 – Index on Censorship (Summer 2014 Issue) – When one door closes

June 1, 2014 – The Believer (June 2014 Issue) – The Beginning of Anger Is Beautiful

May 27, 2014 – The Guardian – Why freedom of expression is under threat in Turkey

May 22, 2014 – Sight & SoundOld Injustices

May 22, 2014 – London Review of BooksSoma and the Subcontractor System

May 1, 2014 – PEN AtlasThe Greatest Turkish Novel?

April 30, 2014 – The Believer – The name behind the crater

April 30, 2014 – Sight & SoundBridges in time

April 9, 2014 – Paris Review DailyInfinite Reality

April 7, 2014 – The Believer – Life without Twitter was great for the first few hours

April 1, 2014 – Fiction AdvocateHow Should an Author Be

March 29, 2014 – London Review of BooksIstanbul Votes

March 12, 2014  –- Index on Censorship (Spring Issue) –- Turkey’s Twitter Army

March 12, 2014 – GuernicaThe Self-Inventions of Modernity

March 5, 2014 –  Courrier International – La nation arc-en-ciel

March 1, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Embassy of Gossip: Zadie Smith’s First-Person Plural

February 18, 2014 – RumpusThe Daylight Gate

January 13, 2014 – BÜLENT: Journal of Contemporary Turkey – A squat toilet! Who can still disapprove of it?

January 12, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksAuerbach in Istanbul

January 8, 2014 – Paris Review DailyDivine Wisdom

January 2, 2014 – Los Angeles Review of BooksSuch, Such Were the Miseries: Down and Out in Paris and London and Istanbul

December 19, 2013 – PEN AtlasLiving by the pen

December 19, 2013 – Full Stop – The Circle

December 17, 2013 – The GuardianApollinaire publisher on trial in Turkey

December 10, 2013 – PANKThe Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

December 10, 2013 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2013-2014 issue) – Pressure points

December 10, 2013 – Index on Censorship (Winter 2013-2014 issue) – Turkey’s Alternative Media

December 8, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Friends of the Museum

November 25, 2013 – London Review of BooksBricklayer, Waiter, Gravedigger, Spy

November 11, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of BooksTurkey’s Glorious Hat Revolution

November 4, 2013 – Paris Review DailyIt Was the Best of Titles, It Was the Worst of Titles

November 4, 2013 – GuernicaThe political color wheel

October 1, 2013 – The GuardianGood riddance, Turkish school oath – but reforms don’t go far enough

September 24, 2013 – The MillionsThe Heart of My Life, the Life of My Heart

September 19, 2013 – RumpusFrom the Ruins of Empire

September 19, 2013 – London Review of BooksTurkey’s second oldest paper

September 3, 2013 – White ReviewOutside the Uniform

September 3, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of Books Ali Kemal: Martyred Journalist and Iconic Traitor

August 23, 2013 – London Review of BooksAt Robinson Crusoe 389

August 20, 2013 – Paris Review DailyTake a Shot Now

August 12, 2013 – Salon – Ebooks v. Cigarettes

August 10, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of BooksEbooks v. Lattes

August 1, 2013 – PEN AtlasOur man in Berkhamsted

July 25, 2013 – London Review of BooksIn the Sea of Marmara

July 15, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of BooksTurkey Is Just a Thread That Ties All These Interesting Ideas Together

July 12, 2013 – The Millions My Little Library in Anatolia

June 28, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of Books Listening to Vampire Weekend in Istanbul

June 20, 2013 – The Guardian (June 22, 2013 – The Guardian Review) – A latterday Bartleby

June 12, 2013 – The PEN Atlas – The Walnut Tree

June 11, 2013 – Sight & Sound – Visions of Istanbul

June 3, 2013 – London Review of BooksIn Gezi Park

May 8, 2013 (June 2013 issue) – Sight & Sound – Let Battle Commence

May 1, 2013 – London Review of BooksVersions of Omar Khayyám

May 1, 2013 – Little Brother Magazine – But They Fuck You Up

April 14, 2013 – Financial TimesLetter from Istanbul

April 4, 2013 – PEN Atlas – What is Official? Turkish writing, from state discourse to civil literature

February 26, 2013 – London Review of BooksThirty Years of İletişim

February 23, 2013 – Los Angeles Review of BooksOutside the Zone: Searching for Sarai Sierra

February 8, 2013 (March 2013 issue) – Sight & Sound – The legacy of Seyfi Teoman

February 8, 2013 – Index / UNCUT – Number of “insulting Turkishness” cases drops as parliament discusses changing definition of citizenship

February 1, 2013 – Index / UNCUT – Why was this Turkish sociologist given a life sentence?

January 12, 2013 – The Guardian – Parents please leave Holden alone

January 11, 2013 – Index on CensorshipThe trouble with Taraf

December 24, 2012 – Index / UNCUT – How comic Captain Miki offended the Turkish state

December 7, 2012 – Index / UNCUT – The Magnificent Century

November 28, 2012 – Guernica – Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth

November 27, 2012 – PANKAncient Light

November 23, 2012 – HTMLGIANT – Living to tell the tale

November 20, 2012 – RumpusLionel Asbo: State of England

November 5, 2012 – Los Angeles Review of BooksPlebs and Chavs: On Textual Representation of Class

October 1, 2012 – Specter – A Farewell to the Eye

August 24, 2012 – The New InquiryComing Out of the Coffin

August 12, 2012 – Los Angeles Review of BooksWilde in the Office

July 18, 2012 – London Review of BooksRemember the Umbrella Makers

July 3, 2012 – Index on Censorship – Index award winner faces jail

June 14, 2012 – The MillionsMario Vargas Llosa and the Heart of Roger Casement

June 4, 2012 – Guernica – Our Grand Young Filmmaker

April 29, 2012 – Squawk Back / “Franzen delenda est” issue – The Judas Kiss

April 21, 2012 – The Guardian – Pamuk opens his museum

April 12, 2012 – London Review of Books – Anglobalisation

March, 2012 – Index on Censorship: 40th Anniversary Issue – Shadow of dissent: Voices of the Brave

March, 2012 – Guide Istanbul Magazine – Private practice

February 8, 2012 – Guernica Magazine Conrad’s First Novel & His Personal Record

January 9, 2012 – The Millions Orhan Pamuk’s Unlikely New Role

December 22, 2011 – Index on CensorshipTurkish crackdown on Kurdish journalists

December 8, 2011 – London Review of BooksPublish and be jailed

December 4, 2011 – The Guardian Weekly – Turkish coffee and frank talk

November 24, 2011 – The GuardianTurkish coffee house talk could teach the world a thing or two

November, 2011 – Common Ground News Service (November 15), Daily News Egypt (November 17), Khaleej Times (November 19), The Daily Star (November 21), The Bali Times (November 18-24) – Stalemate in Turkey’s Kurdish question demands brave new moves

October 2011 – Index on Censorship: The Art Issue – Sketches of Dissent: Challenging the Status Quo in Turkey

August 31, 2011 – The GuardianTurkey’s Kurds must push for a democratic answer

July 2011 – Index on Censorship – Dink’s murderer sentenced to 22 years

June 11, 2011 – The Guardian – Palahniuk and Burroughs, Turkish state’s new ‘suspect authors’

March 2011 – Index on Censorship – Arrest of Turkish reporters raises doubts over Ergenekon case

February 5, 2011 – The Guardian – Speak of the Devil

2011 – 1st International Akşit Göktürk Conference: “Visions of the Future Now and Then in Literatures in English”: Book of Proceedings published by İstanbul University – Two journeys on the River Thames

October 2010 – Songlines – The wound within

September 2010 – Index on Censorship – Hrant Dink: A Misinterpreted Peacemaker

September 2010 – Index on Censorship: Smashed Hits Issue – Coffee-house blues

August 20, 2010 – Index on CensorshipStranger than fiction