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These days I am very busy with something nonsense here in Istanbul. Someone has invented (?) a public seat made of fiberglass which exactly looks like an open book -to seat three people- with some poems and short literal texts on it. Their argument to support and promote this project is helping people with the culture and encouraging them to read etc. Around fifty of these now adorn the metro stations and some parks around Istanbul. They are lovely for all so far. But the matters that matter me are that these look exactly like BOOKs, the city is Istanbul, the Turks have not so far SAT ON BOOKS. And what is more even if someone would; this should not have happened in the divine city of Istanbul, as long as the calligraphy is considered to be part of it.

So dear visitors, I have raised a kind of flag to get rid of that nasty concept which is going to end up later blaming the Muslim Turks for “sitting on books” that their ancestors have died for. They are to me not less disturbing than any of those ugly cartoons which have been shaking the world for weeks.

I have been writing tens of letters to the newspapers, sending lots of e-mails to as many people, public affairs consultants, cultural foundations, journalists etc. as possible in the last couple of days. Some friends are still not very hopeful about my attempt when I mention first as if all have been bewitched, but these kinds of things only start with the very first step and I believe that this will attract quite a lot of interests and supports in the approaching weeks.

Any comments about that issue is highly appreciated, please do not hesitate to email me.