Turkey’s brain drain: Purges and fear are driving Turkish scholars out of the country

By William Armstrong The new academic year opened under dark clouds for many scholars in Turkey. The crackdown in the aftermath of July’s attempted military coup has worsened the sense of suffocation. The country now faces the real danger of a “brain drain” as many educated citizens look for a route out. Over 5,300 academics have … Read more

Freedom of Expression in Turkey represented in a photo here:

Arzu Geybulla took this photo at a bookstore: “Author of books in row 5,6,7 and 11,12 is currently behind bars in #Turkey “  ‘Ahmet Altan is one of Turkey’s most important writers, whose novels appear in translation and sell in the millions.’ Photograph: web Turkey has detained a prominent novelist. We unite to say this vendetta … Read more

Twitter’s new Transparency Report: Turkey is unashamedly the worst offender… -Cyberculture agenda

A NEWS FROM CENSORED WEBSITE [DAĞ MEDYA] : Twitter Transparency Report: 408 of 442 Content Removal Request Comes from Turkey Bianet :: English According to the same report, 408 content removal requests by court decision came from Turkey in the first six months of 2015; 125 twitter accounts were suspended, 1667 tweets were removed. Twitter increases scope … Read more

50,000 Norman Rockwell Photographs free… Essential Films for the Student of Philosophy…

50 cultural icons and their favorite books kottke.org Flavorwire collected a list of the favorite books of 50 well-known people, including Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Ayn Rand, and Caroline Kennedy. Here are some of the picks:   50,000 Norman Rockwell Photographs Now Digitized and Available Online  Open Culture by Colin Marshall Reference photo for Norman Rockwell’s … Read more

2013 Man Booker Prize goes to a long novel, The Luminaries. A literati roundup…

New Zealand Author Eleanor Catton Wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize 28 year old Eleanor Catton becomes the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize. She won for her novel, The Luminaries. Neil Gaiman explains the worth and value of libraries In an absolutely stirring, smashing speech delivered as the Reading Agency annual lecture, Neil … Read more

Literati roundup: 2013 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced….R.I.P. Marshall Berman…

2013 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced The 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced. The shortlist was announced by Chair of Judges Robert Macfarlane. The longlist of 13 books was whittled down to the following six books: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta) Harvest … Read more