Turkey

All the Broken-Hearted Young Shepherds

By / October 2012

Andy Owens on the Shepherd Games, a 900-year-old competition in Turkey: “Success was beginning to seem as dubious as the legend that gave birth to the kerfuffle.”

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The Arduous Ascent of an Arm Wrestling Phenom

By / August 2012

Ferit Osmanli is one of the greatest arm wrestlers in the world. Why is he answering phones at a sports club in southern Turkey?

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Big John’s World

By / August 2012

As an American air base in southern Turkey sheds troops, Kemal Dagtekin, known in these parts as “Big John,” reflects on the past, an epic road trip across America included, and puzzles over the future of his once-thriving souvenir store.

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Ashes of Safranbolu

By / August 2012

A dispatch from Turkey’s living shrine to Ottoman-era domestic architecture. “The line between treasure and trash,” writes Brian McKanna, “is more feint than we realize. A single flame can efface it.”

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The View from Istanbul

By / July 2012

As Istanbul grows, writes Brian McKanna, the best place to get a sense of the city’s past and future remains a rooftop, whether rickety or brand new.

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Of Holy Mountains and Dirty Hotels

By / June 2012

Brian McKanna visits an eastern Turkish town in the shadow of Mount Ararat: “The legendary peak looms over Dogubeyazit, both overshadowing it and bathing it in reflected glory.”

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