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'Serenade for Nadia' Is a Beautifully Wrought Tale of Political Crimes Past and Present

Serenade for Nadia's complex plot allows Turkish author Zülfü Livaneli to sermonize on topics as varied as anti-Semitism, secularism and modernity, the role of faith in the modern world, diversity and multiculturalism, media and journalism, and more.

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Turkish Stars and "88 Bars" (video)

A head-nodding slice of hip-hop from Asia Minor.

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Da Poet: Poetika

Turkey's current reigning king of underground hip-hop waxes poetic on his proper commercial debut, a set of grippingly dark and emotionally-charged numbers that depict the bleaker side of the human condition.

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In Defense of Hating Thanksgiving

An overrated meal. Awkwardly catching up with family members. Black Friday. A boring and ugly color scheme. Thanksgiving is just the worst.

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Baba Zula: Gecekondu

Self-proclaimed "psychebelly dance music" pioneers hit one out of the park.

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Kaleidoscopic Istanbul

Perhaps more than any other world city, Istanbul transforms with the seasons. In this kaleidoscopic city, thriving and chaotic, cosmopolitan with entrenched provincial colour, you sometimes feel like you’re at the centre of the world.

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Various Artists: To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings from Istanbul

The closeness of a Bing Crosby murmuring his ba-ba-boo into the microphone's ear was just around the corner, but for the length of these two discs we're still in the grand old age of raw projection.

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