Greetings for the new year! Yogurtland, Turkish Torque, and Talk Turkey would like to extend their greetings for a Happy New Year as well. If you happened to be celebrating in Istanbul tonight many Turkish bloggers have been talking about the performance of Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band.
The end of the year is traditionally a time of reflection, and Undomondo has a series of music round-ups: Best toplists, Best Albums, Best Artists, and Best Netlabel Releases. Further on the subject of music, Turkish Torque has an interesting post on the influence of Elvis Presley and Rock and Roll on Turkish culture in the 1950's. And normally a blog covering the music of Turkish pop star Tarkan, Tarkan Deluxe has a post with excellent links for those who are interested in learning Turkish in order to understand Turkish culture more.
Those following the Turkish news will undoubtedly have heard about the trial of Orhan Pamuk for insulting Turkishness, while some of his charges have been dropped, the trial will continue. Pamuk is being cited as a literary hero, and he has recently written an article for the New Yorker about his trial. Of course, this trial is also continuing the debate on the identity of Turkishness, including the issue of the Kurds in Turkey and Northern Iraq.
A few quick notes: Metroblogging:Istanbul writes about housing in Istanbul. Talk Turkey writes about the Turkish influences in the Chronicles of Narnia. Mavi Boncuk has information about the Anatolian Leopard.
For the final line of the year (and I hope that you have a happy and safe holiday) I will leave you a link to a post by Amerikan Turk simply titled “Got Milk“.