midweek reading

by kitabet

Zunguzungu‘s Sunday Reading lists, like those of yore at Chapati Mystery, have long been among the best-curated sources of high-quality procrastination material on the internets.   Rather than join the weekend crowd, I thought I’d post my linkdumps on Wednesday: so that if you’ve already worked their way through Sunday’s offerings, you’ll still have ample material to help avoid gainful work throughout the rest of the week.  This won’t be a regular weekly feature, but it will show up every now and then.  Enjoy.

Please Be a Little More Quiet When Shouting at Your Customers

(in which the municipal police crack down on loud and/or salacious vendor’s chants at Istanbul street markets)

A Rare Insight Into Kowloon Walled City

(photo essay on what was once ‘the most densely populated place on Earth,’ demolished in 1992)

The New Yorker Cover Department’s Greatest Rejects

(and the stories behind them)

Why Are So Many PhDs on Food Stamps?


Turkey’s Attack on Civilians Tied to U.S. Military Drone

(in which the drone war comes to Turkish Kurdistan)

Subways ‘Share Universal Structure,’ Research Suggests

(the geometry of the underground)

Cultural Studies Journal Gets Revamped

(on the new editorial committee of Public Culture, and their plans)

Volume 42, Number 1

(the new issue of Public Culture, with some intriguing pieces on risk and infrastructure, plus interviews with Ian Hacking & Mary Poovey)

Let There Be Music/İlle De Müzik Olsun

(Mashallah News on the young musicians of Sulukule, a Roma community forcibly displaced in one of Istanbul’s “urban transformation” projects)

Wild Things: Drawings, Quotes, and Memories from Maurice Sendak

(let the wild rumpus continue)

Slow Burn Lahore, Parts II (Meeting Old Masters), III (This Is My Culture), IV (See Through Cement), V (Archaeology of Space), VI (A Footnote)

(sepoy is going to write a fucking awesome book. in the meantime, read the above, all of it)

Mothers’ Day

(queer busdriver mamas in early 1980s Seattle)

Airline Passengers as Explained By Their Pants: Istanbul Edition

(don’t drink at the computer while reading)

Homebrewing Made Difficult in 72 Steps

(Dave Bonta, good beer, and spruce trees: making me homesick for North America)

Carlos Fuentes: The Mother Jones Interview


Translinguistic Taboo Avoidance: Arabicizing ‘Ayrault’

(Language Log on what to do when the surname of the new Prime Minister of France transl(iter)ates as ‘[his] dick’ in colloquial Arabic)

Walk Like a Roman

(TLS book review: “In ancient Rome how you walked was a sign of who you were.”)

Theorizing the Contemporary: Finance

(Bill Maurer maps out the new anthropology of finance)

Istanbul and Indian Soldiers of the First World War

(in which my roommate guest-blogs for Amitav Ghosh)

Jumping Off the Pages

(in which my roommate writes about Orhan Pamuk’s recently-opened Museum of Innocence)

Diary: Pamuk’s Museum

(in which Elif Batuman writes about Orhan Pamuk’s recently-opened Museum of Innocence)

Ottoman Medicine and Science: Sabuncuoğlu’s Surgery Manual

(on a fifteenth-century Ottoman surgical manual–with marvelous images!–at the Ottoman History Podcast)

A Particular Stone

(a memorial post at Cassandra Pages, with two poems from someone once known as Abdul-Walid)

“I Am All Over Phlegm”: A Bad Letter-Writer’s Apology

(a seventeenth-century physician’s letters; also doubles as an explanation for why I have still not replied to most of the emails sent to me during the first half of May)

Notes on Joe Sacco and Ethnography

(the dynamics of fieldwork, in the guise of illustrated journalism)

Casseroles–Montréal, 24 Mai 2012

(Québec, tu es vraiment belle)

New York Diary

(Parmanu passes through one of the beloved cities)

The Idiot’s Guide to Fighting Dictatorship in Syria While Opposing Military Intervention

(Bassam Haddad thinks it through, at Jadaliyya)

The Buraqs of Tahrir

(on the figure of the Buraq in revolutionary street murals)

FatCat Record Podcast

(a wonderful mixtape of early 20thC music from 78rpm discs: Georgian, Greek, Turkish, Quebecois, Hindustani, Gaelic, Armenian, and more)

Reading Lolita in Montreal: Canada Doesn’t Want More Journalists

(border-crossing with a reporter’s notebook)

Macao, Milan: Trying to Make Goods Commons

(an artists’ squat occupying an abandoned skyscraper in Milan)

An Excerpt from Teju Cole’s Open City

(the Brussels movement, courtesy of the NYer)