The title, “Şatodaki Yazar” (“The Writer in the Castle”), alludes both to a certain famous depressing writer, and also to my Gothic situation as writer-in-residence at Koç University, which I am happy to say has been extended through June 2012(!).
Many thanks to Kaya for the sympathetic reporting, and also to Korhan Karaoysal (no shortage of K’s here) for the equally sympathetic photographs. Those who enjoy Korhan’s work as much as I do are urged to consult his amazing pictures of Turkey’s first sports camp for the disabled.
Speaking of the disabled, the following slogan recently caught my eye on a street in Turkey’s most Kafkaesque city: “EVERY HEALTHY PERSON IS A POTENTIAL DISABLED PERSON.”
(That looks like snow but was actually rain.)
I wasn’t sure I understood it right, so I consulted an online translator (using this page) and learned an equally inspirational variant: “You may be thinking that you are healthy, but remember that one day you may be retarded!” Was it Marcus Aurelius who once said the same thing?
I leave you with 2 more photos from Kars.
First, the Kafkas Tekel (lit., approx., “Caucasus Liquor”) store, at the foot of the Kars castle:
Second, the Kafkas Medical Supply store, where you can go if you wake up one morning with, for example, six feet, and need a a couple more pairs of orthopedic clogs to wear to the races:
Karpe diem, living readers!