On Life and Its Origins

On Life and Its Origins

February 7, 2017

The human mind viewed at a distance is a thing achingly beautiful; the body, however humble, has adapted appreciably along with it to harsh Planet Earth. Almost nine million other species share our planet

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Song Stories: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Song Stories: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

February 7, 2017

In a previous issue of Bilkent News, one of my fellow music columnists wrote about the Beatles. Since he recounted the changes in their musical style and the way they became the Beatles we

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On Fantasy

On Fantasy

December 27, 2016

“Just start, it’ll make you feel calmer,” my friend said. We were talking about being too busy, with the unpleasant weight of insipid work hanging around our necks, to read. Being busy is an

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Music Inspired by Literature

Music Inspired by Literature

December 27, 2016

The very best movies are created by adapting books for the cinema. That is probably not the case for rock music, but still, significant examples of inspiration from literary works exist. Ankara looks the

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The Roof of the World: Part 4

The Roof of the World: Part 4

December 20, 2016

Chitwan National Park had been an unexpectedly fun place. Lots of the things we did there still remain vividly present in my mind: the adventure-filled jungle hike, the incredible, enjoyable elephant-washing experience and many

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On Post Human

On Post Human

December 20, 2016

Here sits the good camera, poised as always to shoot. It is being manhandled by two extremely delicate hands, knuckles flaking with cold. As a mouth comes into focus it snaps with effort at

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Young and Old Kings of the South

Young and Old Kings of the South

December 20, 2016

It’s been 13 years since Kings of Leon released their first album, “Youth and Young Manhood.” Back then, they were a raw Southern garage rock band. They were the new kids in Nashville, seemingly

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On Why Some Leaves Turn Red

On Why Some Leaves Turn Red

December 12, 2016

This column might have been more effective had it reached you a little earlier, when the trees around you were turning color, impossibly fast and yet incredibly slow. Shades of brilliant yellow, soft gold,

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