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Elif Shafak’s novel ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ (Turkey)

Shafak, I have heard at JBW and have really intended to get around to reading. She sounds creative, original and thought provoking. Many thanks for reviewing!!

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NORTH AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA

This is a bit of a throwback post, as some of it was first posted by me in 2019, and was in fact my fifth ever review on the blog. I’m re-posting with some additional discussion of publication prospects in the West for Turkish authors, as part of my month of Turkish cultural appreciation.

Translator from the Turkish Nicholas Glastonbury, writing in the Los Angeles Review of Books in May 2021, noted that “In various conversations with translators, agents, and colleagues, publishers often articulate that they have informal quotas for writers beyond Europe (e.g., ‘We already have a Turkish author’)”. Elif Shafak of course is “the” Turkish female writer read most widely in the UK and other Western nations, fairly or not.

Shafak is living effectively in exile from her homeland: by writing about controversial topics, such as the Armenian genocide, she…

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The Impasse of Diagnosis

This is very interesting. It is worth noting that in common parlance terms like O.C.D. and P.T.S.D. have gained a certain popular understanding. Although limited it may show a greater familiarity and dialogue about mental states. The fact that electorates are aware of overt narcissism amongst political leaders is not entirely negative! A diagnosis of autistic tendencies might also entitle a youth to better educational resources, support etc. Nonethless, I agree with the direction of your posting.

Leon Brenner

It is not uncommon today to meet a person in a psychoanalytic context who desires a diagnosis. And indeed, some people spend a lot of time and earn large sums of money by providing subjects with the signifiers of diagnoses. One can say that “Diagnosis” is a name of an industry and, wherever there is an industry, there are desiring subjects willing to pay.

However, I believe that those who call themselves psychoanalysts should take the desire for diagnosis with a grain of salt and always remain prudent when asked for one. Basically, the question of diagnosis in psychoanalysis has not to do with the subject’s identifications with a particular signifier but with the direction of the treatment. In other words, in terms of diagnosis, psychoanalysts must always ask themselves how does a diagnostic criteria assist in the direction of the treatment, rather than just providing the subject with a…

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on loneliness (melancholia 1)

I think this concerns a late paper of Klein’s. I am partly re-blogging so that I can refer to this myself in relation to Lacan and Rose et al. I can’t absorb all these points at one read through!

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(abandoned fragment on Melanie Klein)

Egon Schiele, Little Girl with Blond Hair in a Red Dress, 1916. wikiart

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The Art of Loving

Great posting. I am a great admirer of Erich Fromm – there is now a number of clips on You Tube by him or about his work. His German is relatively easy to follow too.

Jack Sharp

Through my psychotherapy studies and personal counselling I have developed an uninhibitedness to be vulnerable in the presence of others, as well as a frustration that others are unable, or perhaps unwilling, to reciprocate that vulnerability. That I should feel this frustration after a lifetime of emotional reticence is strange, of course. But I cannot deny that the frustration is there, often leading me to desire stronger, more congruent connections with others. For some months now—since about the time I began mixing with friends after months of isolation—I have sought to cultivate empathic relationships with friends. Although I feel I have succeeded in this to some small degree, it has at times made me wonder whether I will ever experience a profound emotional connection with them, or whether those relationships will always stay relatively shallow. My feeling a lot of the time is that most people are content to have…

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Born November 24~ Wilhelmina Weber Furlong

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Turkey month

Interesting! I visited both Greece and Turkey back around 1970. It was in a mini-trek, the inexpensive travel of a group in a van that was prevalent at that time. I found the people friendly and Gallipoli deeply sad, leaving an unforgettable impression. Most astoundingly beautiful was Prices Island whose history I learnt of since.

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In the summer, feeling wistful for a holiday abroad and wanting to think of something to interest the kids now they’re not little, I signed up for a subscription service called Snack Surprise. Every month they send me a box of snacks from a mystery country.

The box that we received in September was full of Turkish treats, including Turkish delight, of course, but also a new (to us) version of Doritos, a can of mysterious fizzy drink, some chocolate, sweets. It was actually genuinely quite exciting to open up the box and found out what was inside, and what country everything was from.

There was a little booklet with interesting, possibly dubious facts about Turkey (“Camel wrestling tournaments, held throughout the Aegean region in the winter, and bull wrestling near the Black Sea, are also popular”), and a list of all the items in the box, with the option…

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Paul Klee: Tropical Blossom (1920)

Lovely painting and useful links- many thanks for the post.

At Sunnyside - Where Truth and Beauty Meet

Paul Klee ( Swiss-German, 1879-1940),Tropical Blossom, 1920. Oil and pencil on primed paper on cardboard, 26 x 28.5 cm. Source: Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern Switzerland. Courtesy of the Phillips Collection.

Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Colour and I are one. I am a painter.

Paul Klee: Quote (Tunisia, 16 April 1914), # 926, in: The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918, transl. Pierre B. Schneider, R.Y. Zachary and Max Knight; Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1964

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The Diaries of Paul Klee – Part One (- of Seven!): a Publishing Success, by Francesco Mazzaferro

Paul Klee at Wikiwand

List of works by Paul Klee

Thanks for Visiting 🙂

~Sunnyside

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In Youth is Pleasure by Denton Welch (UK)

Somehow sounds that it might be comparable with Christopher Isherwood. Interesting.

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In Youth is Pleasure was first published in 1945, and has recently been re-published by Penguin Classics. It is an autobiographical novella (originally sub-titled ‘A Fragment of Life Story with Changed Names‘) about a skinny, awkward, upper-middle-class teenage boy named Orvil Pym. Orvil has a dreadful family, comprising two macho older brothers and a neglectful, permanently slightly drunk, opium-using father (who refers to Orvil as ‘Microbe’, due to his short stature) and who spends most of his time in China on business. Orvil’s mother has been dead for three years, but he is not permitted to mention her to his father, and his repressed grief permeates the text. Orvil passes the summer with his family at a country hotel, and dreads with a sort of existential horror the return to boarding school at the end of the holidays. Welch’s own biographical details match Orvil’s.

There’s something destabilizing, hallucinatory…

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Narrow Walkway, Lowgill Viaduct, Cumbria, England

Lovely photograph- summer memories!!

Aaron Bryant

Narrow Walkway, Lowgill Viaduct, Cumbria, England

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Some ephemera on Ernest Dowson, Poet  (2 August 1867 – 23 February 1900) 

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/theatre-arts/poetry-infatuation-that-inspired-devotion-34297047.html

THE LEWISHAM POET: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ERNEST DOWSON - Kindle edition by  Jones, Kelvin I.. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.