Ryan Wolf's Archive

In an Istanbul Restaurant, Texas Meets the Black Sea

By / June 2017

Can Chef Sertan Cavusoglu sell Istanbulites on American barbecue? “Turks,” Cavusoglu says, “don’t have any guarantee in their lives—except for their food.”

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Tough as Leather

By / February 2016

For nearly fifty years, Nedim Kurban has been crafting leather in Istanbul’s Kadikoy neighborhood.

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Good Neighbors

By / June 2015

A robbery prompts Ryan Wolf to question cultural shifts in Istanbul: “There is little energy left to catch up on neighborhood gossip over tea, let alone bring over food to neighbors on holidays, activities that used to be hallmarks of life here.”

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Postcard from Kadikoy

By / June 2015

Ryan Wolf encounters leftist newspaper hawkers, fried sea bass, street mutts, and a Black Sea wind on Istanbul’s Asian side.

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In Istanbul, a New Generation of Jewish Turks

By / October 2014

Karakoy, an historic neighborhood on Istanbul’s European side, is home to Turkey’s largest Jewish population, though — as Ryan Wolf writes — it is only a shade of what it once was.

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The Computer Guru of Erbil: An Update

By / September 2014

In light of a rash of violence and upheaval in Northern Iraq, Ryan Wolf catches back up with Erbil businessman Miqdad Salih, whom he profiled earlier this year

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