Porpoises

We were out on the fjord in the rowing boat, the sky was grey and heavy. Before us lay Lihesten, a long, almost vertical cliff which rises straight from the fjord to a height of several hundred meters, in some places visible as a darker, slate-colored wall deep in the fog. My hair was damp.Continue reading “Porpoises”

Without looking

Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example — I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation. — Nazım Hikmet, “On Living” Yaşamak şakaya gelmez, büyük bir ciddiyetle yaşayacaksın bir sincap gibi mesala, yani, yaşamanın dışında veContinue reading “Without looking”

Socrates plots against the poets

‘The gravest charge against poetry still remains. It has a terrible power to corrupt even the best characters, with very few exceptions.’ ‘It is indeed terrible if it can do that.’ ‘Then listen. When we hear Homer or one of the tragic poets representing the sufferings of a hero and making him bewail them atContinue reading “Socrates plots against the poets”

Power to poison sleep

We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep. We rise; one wand’ring thought pollutes the day. We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh, or weep, Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away; It is the same: for, be it joy or sorrow, The path of its departure still is free. Man’s yesterday may ne’erContinue reading “Power to poison sleep”

Fine monuments

Some of you will have fine monuments by which the living may remember the evil done to you. Some of you will have only crude wooden crosses or painted rocks, while yet others of you must remain hidden in the shadows of history. You are in any case part of an ancient procession, and soContinue reading “Fine monuments”

Minerva with the Muses

No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense. — Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House Hayır, doğaüstü olayların tehlikesi çağdaş zihinlerin en zayıf olduğu noktadan saldırmalarıdır; o yerde koruyucu batıl inanç zırhımızı çıkarmış,Continue reading “Minerva with the Muses”

Two steps

“Can’t you see two steps in front of you?” — Franz Kafka, The Trial (English translation: Breon Mitchell) “İki adım ötesini göremiyor musun sen?” (Çeviren: Funda Reşit) Painting by Deniz Ateşböceği

“Have you guessed the riddle yet?”

“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. “No, I give up,” Alice replied. “What’s the answer?” “I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter. “Nor I,” said the March Hare. Alice sighed wearily. “I think you might do something better with the time,” she said, “than wasting it askingContinue reading ““Have you guessed the riddle yet?””