Despite several attempts I could not go back to writing and I did not hear from my professors. Because there are sections that need more work, my readers’ feedback could be overwhelming. I have to do some preemptive work, but so far I could not do. I did some more reading. I did have a look interview transcriptions. I did have a look blog archives I could not use yet but I could not go back to writing. I will try to re-start this week. In the mean time, my Houston trip is set: 1 December- 23 December. My defense is on 8 December. Beşiktaş plays against Fenerbahçe on 7 December. I will not be able attend the game and I hope the result will not be too disappointing.
a new find. a cafe for reading with a great decoration. credit goes to Deniz who took me this cafe last Saturday. It is just opposite of German Hospital in Taksim:
Erciyes Kitabevi & Cafe
Sıraselviler Cad. Şen apt. No: 32/2 Sıraselviler Cad. Taksim/Beyoğlu Istanbul
I am expecting some revisions so that I will use that time in Houston after the defense. I am not planning to travel a lot but to stay in Houston. I have a few friends that still live there so they will be enough to socialize. My businesman friend Ayhan will provide me a car and an apartment to stay.
My mood is not much different from the mood I first went to US back in August 2001. Lemme not see any Turks or Muslims around though I know there will be lots around in Houston, too.
What do I do with my life? I had of course broken my promise not to spend time for Beşiktaş. There are social relations that cannot be easily broken. When the time comes, people call me and rituals of pre-game call even people do not call me. I am already involved in developing the Beşiktaş fan club at Bilgi. and in an hour the team play against Trabzonspor and I will be watching the game. I had even planned to go to Trabzon but decided not to in the last minute.
Here is my latest album selection for driving:
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
~ Foo Fighters
I now all into Battlestar Galactica: Season 3
Spend most of last night watching it.
Slowly I read pieces from
Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (2008) by Christopher Kelty
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Automobilities (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) by Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift, and John Urry (Hardcover – Jul 12, 2005)
and I still feel anxious.