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Thank You Dad for Teaching Me To Love Books – The Start of My Story


Considering I have now permanently moved to a town without a single dedicated bookstore, it’s ironic that the trigger for this entire honey adventure was one beautiful children’s book. The book came from a crumpled nameless bookstore on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The bookstore had a guard dog with grey dreadlocks, and when it stood on its hind-legs it was twice my height. The basement of the bookstore had scarlet and gold scraps of leather scattered in piles of stars on the floor, and the walls shook from the 2, 4, and 6 trains shuddering on their tracks nearby. The book was a gift from my father, and the bookstore was his hideout. He was a famous book and print collector, and his midnight hobby was finding, buying, and rebinding valuable books. He was a self-appointed book-saving vigilante, and this was his secret layer. Read the rest of this entry

A Pause from Regular Programing to Announce Temporary Location Change


"Sorma ne haldeyim, Sorma kederdeyim..." Buket Hanim singing Zeki Muren. Although the ingredients for a royal Turkish cry-fest are here, I shed nary a tear. Also for the record, I am actually drinking the lemonade (Photo by Batur).

The last time I really “left” Turkey, I cried for eight days. I cried in the shower, I cried in the bus, I cried at my going away party, and I cried in the airport line, ultimately giving away all of my clothes and comic books to a cleaning lady in the bathroom. (more…)

Hunting for “Honey Island” in Cairo, Egypt


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It was one of the last places on earth you would expect to find a bee. The sky was a thick haze – air particles weighed heavy with sweat, dust, and petrol. Garbage piles filled empty lots like crunchy apartment complexes of plastic bottles, paper bags, and orange peels. Goats and cats grazed, contentedly. Adjacent, tight alleyways packed with people shifted shapes as kids raced after each other, a clump of clothes, yelling, and laughter. Read the rest of this entry

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