How We Met Khaled Hosseini – New Youtube Video

Check out our latest video on Youtube! We talked about how we met the famous author Khaled Hosseini. We were at Skidmore College doing our Citizenship Project for our Honors Forum Minor. In Saratoga Springs we led a book discussion at a nursing home and it was a wonderful experience!

We have the Turkish version of this video too. You can find it in our Youtube Channel!

An Autodidact Freedom Searcher – Gorky

For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.

I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.

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In this image, two grass-heads accompany the book, True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters. Continue reading

Attila İlhan’ın Şiirlerini Yeniden Keşfetmek

Bir şilep sızıyor gözlerinden…

Bu kurtlar sofrasında belki zor…

Sisler Bulvarında seni kaybettim…

Aysel git başımdan…

Eğer sen yine İstanbul’san, aldanmıyorsam…

Gözleri karanlığı dar hücrelerin,

Seni görür görmez özgürlüğümden utandım…

Beni bırakıp gitme ne olursun…

Kimi sevsem sensin…

Belki gelmem gelemem, beş dakika bekle git…

Bir yerlere yıldırım düşüyorum,

Ayrılığımızı hissettiğim an

Demirler eriyor hırsımdan…

Bunca yıl sönmemiş umudum

Nisan değilse mayıs perşembe değilse pazar…

Bana ait ne varsa hepsi seni korkutuyor

Sana ait ne varsa hiçbiri benim değil…

Yanlış bir hayalin şehrinde kaldım

Sevdiği ben değilim anlatamam…

Attila İlhan, şiiri sevdirecek bir dille, bulut bulut geçti yüreklerden. Yukarıdaki şiiri onun en sevdiğimiz dizelerini bir araya getirerek oluşturduk. Farklı bakış açıları edinmek, çok iyi bildiğini düşündüğümüz şiirleri yeniden keşfetmek için… Çünkü bizce Continue reading

Doğum Gününde Özdemir Asaf

Bugün Özdemir Asaf’ın doğum günü.

Özdemir Asaf’ın yeri bizde ayrıdır, lisede edebiyata iyice merak sarmaya başladığımızda şiirin ne kadar güzel bir sanat olduğunu gösteren şairlerden en önde gelenlerdendi bizim için. Kelime oyunlarıyla Türkçe’yi sevdiren, en kısa şiirlerle bile çokça düşündüren Özdemir Asaf’ı anmak adına bu yazıyı yazmak gerek diye düşündük.

Elbette çok şiiri var sevilen, hangisini yazsak diğeri özlenecek. Yine de en sevdiğimiz Özdemir Asaf şiirlerini sıralamak istedik. Continue reading

On the Birthday of a Turkish Poet, Özdemir Asaf

Today is the birthday of Özdemir Asaf, who passed away 36 years ago and still remembered dearly by Turkish literature fans.

We got quite interested in literature when we were in high school, and Özdemir Asaf was one of the poets who taught us how deep and sophisticated Turkish language can be. Even his shortest poems are enough to make us think.

We wanted to remember him on his birthday.

He has a lot of poems and it is hard to pick the favorite ones, but to give an idea we wanted to write the names of his poems that we love.

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Kürk Mantolu Madonna – Madonna in a Fur Coat

Lisedeyken okuduğumuz Sabahattin Ali’nin kitabı Kürk Mantolu Madonna hakkında bu kadar haber çıkarken biz de bu kitabı yeniden hatırladık.

Sabahattin Ali kitabı için şunları söylemiş zamanında:

“Dünyanın en basit, en zavallı, hatta en ahmak adamı bile, Continue reading

First Year Anniversary – 1. Yıl Dönümü

A couple of days ago our blog had its first anniversary! We wanted to share what motivates and inspires us to continue writing for this blog. Here are the highlights of our blog for the past year:

  • Communicating our love of Life with Louie cartoon, and connecting with its creator Louie Anderson. He liked our post and followed us on Twitter! We love the power of writing and communication. If someone told this to us when we were little twins watching Life with Louie, we would go crazy – we still did. (You can read that post here.)

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Change Places to Change Prespectives

Every traveller knows that every place you visit has something special for you, because one view tells a different story for every different traveller. Öykü and I have travelled a lot, after we have started high school away from our hometown. Actually ‘changing places’ is a better way of describing our life. Then, a new phase has begun
for us – comparison. We could see what others didn’t see in Istanbul. We loved little details that most people took granted for.

When we came to the US we compared our new life to where we have lived before and what we have seen. By the word ‘comparison’, I don’t mean a superficial way of looking at two different places and finding differences and similarities between them. What I mean is Continue reading

Journals of Inspiration 

Collection of inspirations – it can be a sketchbook for an artist, a recorder for a songwriter, or a journal for a writer – matters a lot when the times comes to creativity.

In high school we had sketch books for our drawings. Now, we have journals full of Continue reading

Revisiting Children’s Books, Where All is Well

I love making lists. Simply writing everything down, categorized by the title, is always helpful and satisfying. Packing List, Things To Do List, Shopping List… Organization is only one of the reasons I keep lists of things. The other reason is to see and remember. Therefore, I have a list I keep every year: “The Books I Read in the Summer of 2015 (the current year)”.

It has been at least 10 years since I first started. I write the name of the book, the writer and the number of pages. Then I compare the list to last year’s to see how the page numbers or the number of the books changed. I know that the quality of the books is more important than the number of pages or the quantity of the books; but let’s be honest, Continue reading