Jun 28, 2013 @ 12:39:00 am
Taksim Square Book Club, George Henton/Al Jazeera
Inspired by the so-called “standing man” of Istanbul’s Taksim Square protests, a number of Turkish activists have formed the Taksim Square Book Club, a movement in which members stand motionless in the square reading books. According to an Al Jazeera slideshow, Orwell, Kafka, and Camus seem to be the movement’s favored authors.
In other Taksim Square news, Can Oz—the head of Turkey’s biggest publishing house, Can Yayinlari—has come out against the government and is now receiving death threats. Though Oz has “long criticized the policies of the Erdogan government... he had never voiced his concerns publicly out of concern for his family and his company,” Maximillian Popp writes in a profile of the publisher for Der Spiegel. Oz recently broke that silence, and in an op-ed in the Guardian, he writes, “in the past
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