Dark Airshaft in The Black Book

Orhan Pamuk's internationally acclaimed novel has been reviewed and criticized by many; yet certain chapters of the novel received a lot less attention compared to, for instance, "When the Bosphorus Dries Up." So, I've decided to write about a chapter which has been somehow disregarded as far as I am…

Finding Love in the Time of Cholera

Simply called ‘El amor’ by Spanish speakers, Love in the Time of Cholera is certainly preoccupied with love but refrains from exhibiting it. On the contrary, it depicts love in confined settings, withdrawn from the public eye. I’ve read some reviews of this novel that question why ‘love’ in…

Modernity and Where to Live in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard

In, 1876, when Chekhov was 15 years old, his family had to sell their possessions in the country-side and move to Moscow. Later, Chekhov himself also moved to Moscow to attend university. In 1904, the year of his death, Chekhov wrote his last play, The Cherry Orchard, which is about…

A weekend in Kıyıköy

Kıyıköy is a small fishing town in Kırklareli. While it could have been a good idea to visit the town in summer, I just visited the town in an attempt to have a peaceful weekend after all the midterms. If truth be told, I was expecting to see a touristic…

On "Where the Wild Things Are"

In one of his interviews, Maurice Sendak, the writer and the illustrator of "Where the Wild Things Are," told that he doesn't start writing with the intention of creating a children's book. As "Where the Wild Things Are" is one of the first examples of fantasy…

A Review of American Beauty

American Beauty (1999), written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes, is a cynical but also a poignant approach to an American suburb. Lester, the main character of the film, is a suburban father who arguably steps into a mid-life crisis. His uptight wife, depressed daughter and strange neighbors,…