Letter to the Galatians

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19 Apr 2008

Galata is across the Golden Horn, very different from Sultanahmed’s twisting alleys and tourist traps. First thing that greets me is the underground shopping mall, crammed tight with consumer electronics and handguns, one shop next to the other, each proclaiming new sales, new models, just for you. Outside two young men push their cart and hawk their services – a photocopier and laminator, hooked up to a gasoline generator. Further up the street the electronics shops come thick as heavy, like a dirtier Tottenham Court Road, while the gunshops make way to banks, which are really the continuation of violence through economic means when you think about it. Consumer electronics make way to industrial, engines and wires and giant rolls of PVC, green, blue, purple. The streets are dirty here, flaking concrete houses. One grey beast suddenly sports a wooden extension, like a closed off balcony reaching down all along the side, all build of dark wood. It probably has a name, this structure, but I lack the architectural jargon. The wooden beams are capped by pretty pointy bits that, again, refuse to name themselves. I sit on a concrete block to write this down and a minivan going 40 on the sidewalk nearly takes my laptop and my foot with it, and a passing Frenchman asks me if I have a wireless connection, which I don’t. I need a better way to write down my stream of consciousness.

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Letter to the Galatians

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Anonymous

20 בApril, 2008 בשעה 06:31

“… banks, which are really the continuation of violence through economic means…”. Excellent. I like the political turn. Down with the Economic Establishment!

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