I am just a little boy from Little Rock. I lived on the wrong side
of the tracks. But the gentlemen friends who used to call, they
never did seem to mind at all. They came to the wrong side of the
tracks. Then someone broke my heart in Little Rock, so I up and
left the pieces there. Like a little lost lamb I roamed about, I
came to New York and I found out that men are the same way
What I’m doing with my life
I lived many lives since 1982, and I did my best not to document any of them. Looking back, I realize that I lived in a monastery, danced with European aristocrats, staged burlesque on Turkish government's budget, acted in music videos, published academic essays, and I was blessed by an archbishop (for a reason of his own). In 2009, I moved to New York from Istanbul, to do my Ph.D. at the city's most efficient hipster factory. I am also a playwright and the project manager of an international theater company. I will spend the Fall in D.C.
I’m really good at
interviewing aging supermodels, producing knowledge about fashion
in a way that can easily get me into a Turkish prison, buying
second hand ski pants and Bavarian clothes, making dangerous
The first things people usually notice about me
Depends on where I am. I think in the U.S., it is often my accent.
The compliments I hear tend to be about my eyes or, in winter, my
faux fur coats.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Nowadays I mostly read autobiographies and old paperback romances in Turkish, and pretend that I need them for research. Every now and then, I am tempted to read Flowers in the Attic again, but so far I have managed to resist.
Movies and Shows: Some of the directors I like are Todd Solondz, Gregg Araki, John Waters, Pedro Almodovar, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Michael Haneke. I also enjoy video art and classical avantgarde, particularly Viennese actionism. Old school horror movies and erotic melodramas are great too, especially when I am not watching them alone.
Music: I like classical jazz, prefer vocal to instrumental. Love Dinah Washington and Eartha Kitt. Other favorite singers and groups include Rosemary Clooney (especially her songs for children and duets with Marlene Dietrich), Anita O'day, Dionne Warwick, Nina Simone, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Teresa Brewer, The Supremes, Alma Cogan, Carmen Miranda, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, and The Andrews Sisters. I also love Tom Lehrer, Sheb Wooley, Mona Abboud, and many other Dr. Demento folks.
Food: I could happily live on fruits and seafood. I am a fan of Japanese and Korean cuisines, I especially love the latter during a long day at the Spa Castle. When I have the time, I am a good cook, and I like to explore Ottoman fusion cuisine. What I can never forget is the 5" He-Man gummy candies of my childhood. Chewing on He-Man's thighs is the ultimate gourmet experience!
The six things I could never do without
The Chinatown Fair (Well, now I am learning how to do without it. I
will replace this when I find something more socially acceptable
than selling my body in dark alleys to overcome the disappointment
and depression caused by the Chinatown Fair's closure.) (Recent
update: Cross-trainers seem to be the answer.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
why so many people don't understand the phrase "the most private
thing I’m willing to admit."
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out with friends, watching burlesque, shopping, writing on
prostitution-themed melodramas or diplomatic fashion shows...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sometimes make mistakes only to use the themed eraser sets I buy
at Walgreens. And there have been times I went to Chinatown only to
buy stationery. It is a phase. I hope.
You should message me if
you are not a cat.