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The sacrifice holiday

by Cassie Marketos

Istanbul — Today is the first day of Eid al-Adha, “The Sacrifice Bayram” in Turkey. In homage to the prophet Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice his own son for God, people gather in the streets and slaughter animals: sheep, goats, and cows. I woke up early to wander around and see what there was to see. The streets are full of children. There are rudimentary altars populated with hand-written prayers an...


Party at the consulate. A door for ghosts.

by Cassie Marketos

Istanbul — I got invited to a party at the Austrian consulate last night. For the event, the foreign minister and his wife had two French artists install a sculpture in the ballroom. It consisted of 6,000 elabor...

Fugue state.

by Cassie Marketos

Istanbul — What the fuck is the date today? Let’s talk about being alone, for a second, because I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around it. I’ve been by myself in Turkey for six days, which is how long it’s b...

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Tarlabasi Boulevard

by Cassie Marketos

Istanbul — Every time I come to Turkey, I think it will be the last time. Unlike those times, is this time. I bought a one-way ticket. My best friend Kate lives on a tiny street off Tarlabasi Boulevard, in a b...

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