I'm a multi-platform journalist based in Istanbul. I was a 2011 Fulbright fellow in Egypt, where I'm also a Pulitzer Center for Conflict Reporting grantee, working on an ongoing reporting project “Egypt: The Country Outside the Square.” Here: some slices of life, bits of meaning-making, journspiration, people, and color found along the way.
“More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me…Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air.”
“All writing, all art, it’s just a wild leap off a cliff, because there’s nothing to support you – you’re creating something out of nothing, really. No one’s telling you to do it. It comes from within. And it’s a very mysterious process.”
“Sometimes I’m asked how I deal with the haters. I don’t deal with them. I pity them. I don’t expect everyone to love my books. In fact, I frankly expect the opposite. (In the history of books, there isn’t one everyone loves.) But I must say I marvel at the ugliness it takes to gather one’s forces in the direction of what one loathes rather than loves—to go out of one’s way to say to a writer: YOU SUCK. So I send out a little silent non-God-connected prayer to the jackass who felt the need to share his or her jack-assed-ness with me.”