How vulgar, this hankering after immortality, how vain, how false.  Composers are merely scribblers of cave paintings.  One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one didn’t, the wolves and blizzards would be at one’s throat all the sooner. Bu ölümsüzlük isteği ne kadar bayağı, mağrurca ve sahte bir şey.  Besteciler çalakalem mağaraContinue reading “Scribbling”

Betty White explains Inception

Community, Season 2 premiere Setting: Mimpousa, Congo Man 1:  So how can they get into his subconscious when it’s only a projection of Tom Berenger? Sadece Tom Berenger’inki bir projeksiyon olduğunu, onun bilinçaltısı nasıl girebiliyorlar? Betty White:  He’s not a projection, he’s the British guy pretending to be Tom Berenger. O bir projeksiyon değil, TomContinue reading “Betty White explains Inception”

Love in the Days of Rebellion

Excerpted from Love in the Days of Rebellion, by Ahmet Altan, English translation by Brendan Freely and Yelda Türedi He stood and paced with a joy he couldn’t resist; without being sure if this had come to mind at that moment or if he’d read it somewhere, he said: “Whatever it is for nature toContinue reading “Love in the Days of Rebellion”

Bir kahraman bulmak

We rarely seek that which we do not expect to find.  Send a hero into a lion’s den, and his task is clear.  It is a hero of another order who can summon up the courage to lower himself into a well of which we have no knowledge. Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur CoatContinue reading “Bir kahraman bulmak”

Find Gardeners Two and Five and Gardener Seven

Alice biraz çekinerek, “O gülleri neden boyadığınızı lütfen söyler misiniz?” diye sordu. Beş ve Yedi ağızlarını açmayarak İki’ye baktılar.  İki, hafif bir sesle anlatmaya başladı.  “Durum şu küçük hanım.  Burada kırmızı gül ağacı olması gerekiyordu.  Biz yanlışlıkla burası beyaz olanını diktik.  Yani, eğer Kraliçe işi fark ederse hepimizin kafasını kestirir.” Lewis Carroll, Alice Harikalar Diyarında,Continue reading “Find Gardeners Two and Five and Gardener Seven”

Kendini kandırmak

I have grown more deterministic over the years, more and more often I think that one doesn’t really have a choice, that who you are shapes your response to the situations that arise, and that you become who you are in response to the situations you have found yourself in and had to deal withContinue reading “Kendini kandırmak”

Teşekkür ederim, Oliver Sacks

To what extent are we the authors, the creators, of our own experiences?  How much are these predetermined by the brains or senses we are born with, and to what extent do we shape our brains through experience?  The effects of a profound perceptual deprivation such as blindness may cast an unexpected light on theseContinue reading “Teşekkür ederim, Oliver Sacks”

Proust ve Niyet Edilmiş Hatırlama

When the book was published and the museum opened, the nature of the novel and the museum’s effect on visitors were often described as ‘Proustian.’ But I took this Proustian inspiration in a slightly different direction from what is usually understood by the term. The story Proust tells through the madeline is of an unconsciousContinue reading “Proust ve Niyet Edilmiş Hatırlama”

Do scientists pray?

January 19, 1936 My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men, to try and have our own question answered. We will feel greatlyContinue reading “Do scientists pray?”

Not to be published

‘A New Theory of Biology,’ was the title of the paper which Mustapha Mond had just finished reading.  He sat for some time, meditatively frowning, then picked up his pen and wrote across the title-page: ‘The author’s mathematical treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far aContinue reading “Not to be published”