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I supervised a Law school exam that started at 9 am on Sunday. I got up at 7:30 to be on time. Of course, there was no traffic and I ended up reading for an hour, which is certainly fine. Law school people are very alert and want all supervisors very careful. That means no more reading during the exam. That reminded me military service days when I had to wait for hours doing basically nothing. That triggered a short-term claustrophobic moment but then I started drafting a business plan on a sheet of paper. Yes, I and my roommate, Can, whom I haven’t told you about before, are seriously planning to establish a company whose focus will be “culture industries”. But whatever happens to our company plans, we also plan to launch our fanzne, Milli İstirahat, as a proper magazine. I also thought about it and made new plans. These got me excited and produced some relief my anger for the fact that I was ditched last evening 🙂 Well, it is best to focus on what I am best at and I will never but never plan to go to a date instead of a Beşiktaş game. Is there any girl that is worth to betray Beşiktaş?

 

Rolling Stones concert t-shirt

IF YOU CAN?T ROCK ME? THE ROLLING STONES WILL.- FROM VINTAGE ROCK TSHIRTS…

 

on Contemporary Turkish Cinema (by Iain Robert Smith)

by Changing Turkey

 

[Excerpt from Iain Robert Smith, ‘”Beam Me up, Ömer”: Transnational Media Flow and the Cultural Politics of the Turkish Star Trek Remake’, The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film&Television 61 (2008) 3-13.]

In the recent Turkish sci-fi comedy G.O.R.A. (2005), writer/star Cem Yilmaz thoroughly lampoons many of the Americentric traditions of Hollywood science fiction. After the film opens on a space station in which all the characters are speaking English, one character points out the anomaly, pleading, ?Can we not have it in Turkish?? Indeed, Turkish turns out to be the galactic lingua franca in this narrative, with everyone?including the alien races?conversing in the Turkish language and using Turkish lira to trade. It is not America that has colonized the people?s consciousness?to paraphrase those infamous words of Wim Wenders?but Turkey. This pointed inversion of the U.S. bias in Hollywood science fiction narratives, however, is balanced with an obvious affection for said films, with the film also offering loving homages to such iconic U.S. films as Star Wars (1977) and The Matrix (1999).
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Kurokamikiri anatomical illustration from Shigeru Mizuki's Yokai Daizukai --
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Anatomy of Japanese folk monsters

Y?kai Daizukai, an illustrated guide to y?kai authored by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, features a collection of cutaway diagrams showing the anatomy of 85 traditional monsters from Japanese folklore (which also appear in Mizuki?s GeGeGe no Kitar? anime/manga). Here are a few illustrations from the book.

 

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