Books are great. I especially enjoy non-fiction and have a soft
spot for history and sciency things but I always appreciate a good
novel too. Some favorites: 1984, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The
Reader, Grapes of Wrath and then a whole bunch of Turkish
As for movies, I often avoid Hollywood but of course there are
magnificent exceptions. I am biased in favor of foreign movies,
like The Lives of Others, All About My Mother, Head On and again a
whole bunch of Turkish stuff. I have not had a TV for the past 10+
years and do not intend to own one so I am pretty illiterate when
it comes to shows.
I was a hardcore Beatles fan when I was thirteen (and still have a
special place in my heart for them). I am usually not up to speed
on pop/contemporary/electronic music and like the older stuff
(Doors, Police, WHO etc.) and also enjoy the 80s, mostly to dance
to. I enjoy Latin beats as well, again mostly in the dancing
context. I love love love New Orleans jazz, Balkan/Rebetiko tunes
melt my heart and Beethoven calms my soul.
My own cooking tends to be Mediterranean-oriented and I can
probably live for a very long time on feta, tomatoes and olive oil.
I have vegetarian tendencies but hugely appreciate food in all
forms and shapes, be it Thai, Indian, Mexican, Ethiopian,