Sections of Tweetures, Mirrors of Memories Lost

Can tweetures be the mirrors of lost memories?

I know it’s a long story. All began with change, and I think no one knows when exactly the change had begun.

If a far star could be a mirror reflecting the lights coming from the milky way much faster than the speed they came, it could send us a very precise definition of our past, our actual history.

Since no one could yet find the magic at the end of the universe, we are still trying to solve small puzzles using the tools we have in our minds and the artificial ones we create with our hands. We now have transferrable memories. We translate thoughts into words in literature, into tones and colors in art, into notes and tunes in music, cut and magically collected pieces of time in cinema.

Yes, this is a long story. It should have started on the walls of the caves where the first conscious habitants of the planet lived, when they started to live there. Maybe much before.

Could any of the first habitants there possibly imagine how their children would survive and be living at an unknown future of their time?

If we can move the mirrors of the universe to see the past and the present, we can see the future and understand what life is and who we are better.

Can we?


I think I had written the first of tweetures as “My Tweetures 2012” at the beginning of 2013.

Why do I say “I think”? Yes, I am not sure about the exact day I had completed writing it, but I can check the date I published. Yes,
“My Tweetures 2012” (1) has June 30, 2013 as the posting date.

I am not sure which date I should choose as my cyber-birthday. I had heard stories about mysterious computers since my childhood, I had probably read some articles on information machines before, but I think my first meeting with computers were through punching machines and cards, when I took the computer course at the university. I had used and carried, let’s say hundreds of cards to punch and compile simple programs. Luckily, when I started working on longer programs, there were terminals in the departments connected to the main frame at computer center. So it was possible to write and compile all the works on keyboards. These were around 1980’s. I bought my first personal computer in 1984, a 64K Amstradt loading and saving data from and a cassette tape; and the second in 1987, a 256K Multitech with 360K floppy only and mono screen. I don’t remember the model of the third which I started using in 1998; but it had color screen, hard drive and Internet connection with modem through phone line. I had started using e-mail and surfing through web pages. I did not use social communication platforms until the beginning of 2010’s, in which I registered to Facebook and Twitter.

I am not sure, but I feel 2010 can be my cyber-birthday. Although I did not use much at the beginning, social platforms changed the way I read, I write, I think, I communicate, I interact, I change, and I feel. I think the change has not been completed yet. I don’t know what I will look like after a balance between me and the technologies is established. If such a balance can be found.

So my profile picture, which were taken when I was around six years, corresponds to such a birthday.


Starting using social media is like arriving at a big city that you know nothing about. It was difficult for me to understand how this system of new communication works. This was not a surprise for me, I still don’t know anything about how real life relations operates. After a long delay, I decided to search what I am most interested in the two media platforms I started to use, for finding information and communication channels in art and literature. I formed a group, “Sanat Dunyasi” on Facebook, meaning “The World of Art and Literature”; and I followed some tweet channels in the same area on Twitter. Information was much, but meaningful and useful knowledge was not so. I tried to search, find, understand, organize and transform information in the areas I am interested in. Even the filtered information in my Facebook and Twitter activities were too much, so I tried to write some annual summaries about the shared information in these channels. The first titles of the series were “My Tweetures 2012” (1) for Twitter, and “Sanat Dunyasi 2012” (2) for Facebook activities. The following years brought “My Tweetures 2013” (3), “Sanat Dunyasi 2013” (4), “My Tweetures 2014:Sorrow” (5), “Sanat Dunyasi 2014” (6), and “Sanat Dunyasi 2015” (7).

It was also discouraging to see that even these attempts were not able to provide brief, clear, distilled, and meaningful information. It was also too difficult to find and reflect special moments of artistic creation, the “diamonds among broken glasses”.

“Tweetures” were an attempt to find a way for creating stories from tweets, “Face Stories” were trying to create links from memories of Facebook communication. (8) Selim was an unexpected Internet surfer who came from a past story to write his own stories in the new
channels. (9)

After trying to write several annual reviews, I remembered an opinion about new manufacturing technologies and thought again on my yearly attempts for Tweetures and Sanat Dunyasi.

I think the opinion was stated in an article discussing the change in manufacturing technologies, and their applications for designing new products. It was focusing on the problems of adapting to new technologies. It said that although any shape is possible with new tools, designers still use the same forms chosen due to restrictions of former technologies.

Isn’t the problem of adapting to new technologies also valid for new communication channels? Can we say that we are capable using all
new tools in the scope they have been designed and we will get the most from them, for ourselves, for our communities, and for the entire world globally? Or like the manufacturing practices having difficulties in adapting to new technologies, do intellectual creation and publishing sectors also have a big challenge of finding efficient ways to use the new platforms much better?

Considering the nature of change we are living, I concluded that periodical actions with traditional methods are about to be obsolete. Annual reviews have too many difficulties and restrictions. Maybe it is time to forget recurring actions, and try to find ways of responding changes with instant actions giving sections from the past and current practice, hoping to add some valuable hints for the future.

So I decided to give up writing annual reviews, but consider writing “Sections” only.


Starting from 04th June 2017 and browsing backwards looking at the past months and years for “Tweetures”, I could find a few sections from the information flown around me.


Georgina Miranda @georgina_here May 31
Amazing talk with @wordpressdotcom @IVYconnect @theCenter . Open source can bring the world together #tech #web #founder #sf
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Jun 01
If the world can be flexible enough to come together, why not? #tech #web #founder #sf

Rick Chesler @RickChesler Apr 10
George Orwell Wrote ‘#1984’ While Dying of #Tuberculosis #books
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Apr 10
Writers cannot write their own lives. They write what life gives and allows. It is almost always too hard to bear this enermous load.

Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters Mar 23
I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline. DUKE ELLINGTON
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 23
I don’t need a very long life. What I need is to know my time is limited.

Criterion Collection @Criterion
Watch as David Cairns explores the nuances that generate laughter in BEING THERE, Hal Ashby’s almost gagless comedy:
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 22
“Nearly four decades after its initial release, Being There, Hal Ashby”


AdalinaMaeAuthor @AdalinaMae Mar 19
Nothing is predictable and nothing lasts forever. #heartbreak #quote #NothingIsPredictable #MustRead #Goodreads
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 20
They separated. They are both fine now. Until a new hope for being understood. #Resilience

Jennifer Rose @SeeTheRoses Mar 14
The world becomes more clear when you look less at the physical & more at the soul
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000
And… You understand the world when you learn how and where to look at, and feel what you see in your soul.

Open Culture @openculture Mar 5
Ansel Adams, Photographer: 1958 Documentary Captures the Creative Process of the Iconic American Photographer. Watch
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Mar 6
The documentary is as old as me. Not as strict as Tarkovsky, but I respect the power of B&W. I believe its permanent value.



Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 7 Jun 2016
“what you produce is sick, …. because it is the result of a distorted and unnatural development ….” Mann to Mann
The Paris Review @parisreview
Thomas Mann’s Brutal Review of His Older Brother’s Novel

Alex Myers @Alex_Austin 26 Jan 2016
I made a startling discovery.Time spent writing = output of work. Amazing. #writing
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 27 Jan 2016
Writing is the process of creating a new world of words based on moments lived and writing time spent. #writing



BBC Culture @BBC_Culture 17 Jun 2015
A century and a half after his birth,WB Yeats still shapes the English language @JaneCiab
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000
“Like all great art, Yeats’ work refreshes itself with each generation”. Refreshes and lives forever in new forms.


The Paris Review @parisreview 16 Feb 2014
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
“Why did you not write war poems?” GRAVES: “I did. But I destroyed them.” #poetry


OriginalBADYOGAKITTY @minamaya13 26 Dec 2013
Daily Wild – Nature’s Most Incredible: HAPPY BOXING DAY! #Kangaroos boxing at dawn, #Arapiles, Victoria, #Australia.
Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 26 Dec 2013
@minamaya13 @aallemanwrites Very cute and interesting. It doesn’t look like a real fight. Is it so? I prefer it is not.

Maria Popova@brainpicker 25 Apr 2013
Tarkovsky’s advice to the young: Learn to enjoy your own company


K.M. Weiland? @KMWeiland 23 Nov 2012
“I write for the same reason I breathe … because if I didn’t, I would die.”?Isaac Asimov #amwriting

HuffPost Books @HuffPostBooks 6 Oct 2012
It’s the final day of Banned Books Week. Have you seen our amazing infographic?

Giuseppe Granieri @gg 14 Feb 2012
It’s not the tech writers, but writers of fiction who best help us understand what’s going on in the modern world

Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho 1 Jan 2012
To tweet is to put an ocean in a glass of water…


Can tweetures be the mirrors of lost memories? Of “Memories Lost”? (10)


1. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2012,; June 30, 2013
2. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2012, Uzaklardaki Ateş (The World of Art and Literature, The Faraway Fire);; May 4, 2013
3. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2013;; August 16, 2014
4. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2013;; April 20, 2014
5. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2014:Sorrow;; August 23,2015
6. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2014;; August 8, 2015
7. Mehmet Arat, Sanat Dünyası 2015;; January 8, 2016
8. Mehmet Arat, Yüz Öyküleri (Face Stories),
9. Mehmet Arat, Fairy of Inspiration,
10. Mehmet Arat, Memories Lost,

Memories Lost


Although months had passed, Met could not have found even a subtle trace for his past.

He didn’t know when he understood that this could not be normal after a long gap.

Indeed, he was very tranquil. Neither an anger, a fear, and a tension for not reaching a goal; nor an excitement, and a relax of success; he had no trace of any feeling in his memory.

He was just sensing the existence of an aspect out of order.

He looked at the woman next to him. The woman telling that they had been loving eachother madly, the woman grieving as Met cannot remember her by any means.

She had a well-shaped body, and eyes with a meaningful depth. Although she was not very pretty, she seemed incredibly fit and in peace with herself. They had become exhausted and lied in bed after an attempt continued for hours. They had toured every corner of the house together, and tried to find an object, a light, a color, an odor which could create a new association in Met’s mind and make him see his memories.

When the result had come to be negative again, they had left their bodies to the bed to have some rest.

Merilia had soon started to pay attention to Met. She had been doing this for months. She was expecting a new trial to remind him the hot hours they had lived in the past. For several times, a progress had seemed to occur. But after all of those short moments, her spouse had fallen back inside to the gap in his mind. “Maybe you should leave me now,” he had said. “I may never be as before. I can stay as nothing, and die as such. You should be separated from me, and go after your own life.”

In spite of these words, the woman were not able to go. Yes, she loved him. But this was not the only reason. She didn’t want to be the one leaving the route they started together, at the first trouble they met.

After watching the hopeless traces on the woman’s face for a while, Met tried to force the past again. If also the small pieces he remembered did not exist at all, he could have given up much before. His most significant memory left from the past was an air train coming towards him. He was crossing at the stoplight. He had walked when he saw green. But he had to stop, and wait for violet to cross. If a woman had not saved him at the last moment, all his troubles would have disappeared at that moment.

Suddenly, a piece of light flickered, a scene appeared in front of his eyes. An advertisement was proposing him an update to the new time tunnel. Colors, figures in large and small sizes were turning on and off on the screen, flying around, bringing in front of him his mother, his father, his babyhood, his siblings, his school, the day he started his first job, the moment he first met the woman he loved, their first trip together, almost all his life, nearly.

Another trace appeared in his mind. It was likely a news report he read, but it had made a big impact on him. It was telling that using search engines would weaken the memory. Such a result would not be a surprise at all. An organ atrophies when not used. Knowledge not searched is forgotten.

It was very nice to watch his memories live on screen, share all with Merilia. From now on, his past was in front of him all the time. He was able to live all details again at the moment he desired. There were such several moments that he felt as if he was born again, each time he watched them. The new time tunnel was really incredible, it was magnificent.

But then what had happened?

Met squinted, clenched his fists. Whatever he tries, the following was not coming. The beginning had diminished also. All his memories had been lost. His blank stare became locked on the ceiling again. His face took the meaninglessness of a sculpture.

Turning towards him, Merilia hugged the man she loved madly and gave value at least as she gave on the first day. It was a huge sorrow seeing him so in this age. She was now able to understand perfectly, what the relatives of people loosing their functions due to brain troubles had been feeling ages ago. Met did not have a physical problem, but he was living the same what they had been living once. He had loaded his memories to storage and reanimation center to increase the power of his memory. Liveliness of the screen content had erased completely in a short while, what he had in his mind.

A communication error in this age was a consequence that could never cross any mind. Therefore, neither the experts nor the users had a plan B. Met was now alone with his lost memories.

Merilia kissed her spouse.

“Darling, why did you act such too fast for upgrading to Memories V20.12?” she whispered.

Being Where

“On the day that Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue, I found myself thinking of the film “‘Being There'”. (1)

This simple sentence is quite interesting. It includes a diversity of concepts; being, defeat, games, championships, races, awards, events, views, change, existence, technologies, and undefinable others on life. But there is one more fact which can provide an additional interesting detail on our new lives at light speed about this statement. It is how I reached the review of Roger Ebert.

I cannot claim that I am a successful member of the new global community, social media and vast communication channels. In fact, it is also difficult for me to talk about my fruitful social relations in real life. Unfortunately, I am not a person of practice. I walk much more in the areas of abstract thought and theory than simple but creative details, the meaning of life. I am afraid this vulnerability is also dominant in determining my personality in social media relations. I feel and I am afraid what I tell is generally found too theoretical. My friends reading my comments I write in social media should be too kind tolerating the complicated thoughts full of desperate seeks rising from an unbalanced mind. On the other hand, I believe it is not easy to find positive relations and values in the social platforms of Internet. The virtual words reflect all the problems of real worlds.

However, although I could not read all their contents regularly, I was able to conclude that some of the discussion groups I follow were good examples for regular, consistent and successful application of Internet and communication links. A discussion group about movies, “Film Explorer” (2) is one of them.

The group has a simple and brilliant introduction:

“You know. You watch a movie, think ‘Everybody must watch this’, and start talking to people about it with enthusiasm. This group was formed with this excitement. Not only the new movies, not only the films now showing. There are thousands of movies waiting to be discovered by oneself somewhere. Let’s go and start an exploration all together.”

I recently read an introduction made by one of the moderators, Oya Şirin, about George Roy Hill’s “The World According to Garp” (1982) from John Irving’s novel. I remembered “Being There” as one of the most interesting movies opening channels to understand our new world and our new lives, I made a comment, and then Oya Şirin said that I could write on that film since it had not been reviewed recently in the group.

So this is how I remembered and started searching “Being There” for writing a “short review of my own”. Our group does not like copied and pasted reviews. Personal views, words, points and comments are preferred and encouraged. But I wanted to have an idea on how the movie which had a significant effect on my visualisation of television impact was reviewed. So I found:

“On the day that Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue, I found myself thinking of the film “‘Being There'”


I am not sure if an information could have been given so exactly if it were based on a daily life conversation, but I can now tell that Oya Şirin wrote about “The World According to Garp” on 19th February 2017, at 11:12 p.m. the introduction below:

“Good night dear ‘Film Explorer’ friends. Our film tonight is ‘The World According to Garp’. When I had watched years ago (although definition of years is relative in cinema language, was it 2003?) George Roy Hill’s this film, made in 1982 and based on a script written from John İrving’s novel, on CNBC-E channel; I was amazed with the performances of Robin Williams and Glenn Close, but then I had forgotten the film with a weird taste in my feelings. However, this couple and “The World According to Garp” were so special to be forgotten. With my thanks for dear Husamettin Tezyurek of our group members, who had led me to watch this movie again.”

Şirin starts her comments with questions:

“How is a baby born? What are its conditions? What are the objects required for the baby and its mother? The answers of our movie for all these questions we know are identified with an activist mission in a line of natural life evolution. With its universal focus on woman-man-child and family relations, the film shakes all the feelings like playing sword and shield game. Of course, this is what it made me feel. It can give different feelings to you. You can even find it absurd. In fact, it is an example of absurd cinema.”

My comment for this introduction on 20th February 2017, at 05:28 p.m. was:

“It looks like a very interesting movie. Was it shown in Turkey? I was not able to see a title in Turkish. I met some similar titles. Meanwhile, I remembered the film ‘Being There’ (Hal Ashby, 1979) I think it is a movie preserving its meaning.”

The conversation lead me writing a review including “Being There”:

20th February 2017, at 05:28 p.m.
Oya Şirin: It is quite stunning Mr. Arat. I also could not find the title in Turkish. Probably, it was not shown, I had watched on CNBC-E. After I watched it again, the film gained an entirely different place in my eyes. If you watch it, you can understand why ‘Garp’ was chosen more clearly. ‘Being there’ is one of the films I like the most, and shared in the group. It was almost one years before. If your impressions on the film are intense, you can consider sharing. I can add the link. It will be nice.”

21st February 2017, at 09:13 a.m.
Mehmet Arat: Thank you for your interest. I can’t promise about the time, but I would like to share. In fact, if I can find an opportunity and trace it, I want also to write on the first movie I watched, at a convenient time. I should also say that knowing that I can find good movies, qualified evaluations on ‘Film Explorer’ group makes me happy.”

21st February 2017, at 05:38 p.m.
Oya Şirin: Let we thank on behalf of our group. We will be waiting for your sharings and impressions.

So at a “convenient time”, I started writing an essay combining “Being There” with the “first movie I watched”. This is why and how I am here. Now I can write on the movies. Today is 18th March 2017, 08:29 a.m. and I know it has already taken too much time to come at this point. But “Starting is half of completing”, isn’t it?


Before entering the worlds of the two movies, I would like to mention some notes on our unique world; on literature, far and near lands, politics, economy, society, education, communication, training, chains, light, and on “binary light chain”.


Should we start all discussions thinking about our unique world? Is our world unique? Can we be sure if our planet is unique or not? When and how can be sure about that? When we find positive traces of a kind of life at any point during our existence? Or if we cannot succeed finding anything before human specy becomes extinct? Which one we really want?

Is literature the most detailed way of understanding and expressing life? Is the range from six word stories to thousands of pages novels are the best descriptiptions of what has been lived, what is being lived, and what will be lived in our universe?

Which word can describe a novel better? An adjective or a noun? Or a verb? Or is it the chosen adverb the most important one? Can we write a perfect and permanent essay on definitions, descriptions, details, simplifications, relations and types of words? Can we write everything on life and living? How can we do that? With words asking questions, or words giving answers? Are 5W1H questions the only starting point for understanding our lives, and the universe? 5W1H questions being 1-What, 2-Where, 3-Why, 4-When, 5-Who, and 1-How. Are they the keys to find the answers for all secret questions?

Do we need long novels or short ones in our new era of communication at light speed? Is CALS as “communication at light speed” the key of our new world? (3)

Should we concentrate on new definitions or applications of old and new concepts? Is the sum of shorts better than longs? Should novels be shorter? Should they be compact or compressed? Is “Compact Novel” identical to “Compressed Novel”?

Can a very short story trigger other stories living and moving in light beams of other minds? Can the “Fairy of Inspiration” of Selim lead to “Selim and Sima”? (4) “Memories Lost” to “Metileus and Merilia”? (5)

If we make the definition as “A compressed or compact novel is a collection of stories in puzzle form which creates the memory of a novel in reading minds”, which word will be more agreeable? Is “2000+X” a novel, or a linked sequences of written and unwritten stories and essays? (6)

Do influencers write, with their speeches, vivid and permanent stories on average people’s minds?

Dan P. McAdams comments on life stories of presidents:

“Like all of us, presidents create in their minds personal life stories—or what psychologists call narrative identities—to explain how they came to be who they are.”

“The rhetoric that Trump uses to characterize both his own life story and his attitudes toward America’s foes is certainly aggressive. And, as noted, his extroversion and narcissism suggest a willingness to take big risks—actions that history will remember.” (7)

Considering the stories written on average American’s mind, can we say that a leader should be a story-teller capable of writing compressed novels simultaneously on millions (considering globally maybe billions) of minds?


I believe never in the history of our blue planet, far and near lands had been so close to each other. Would it be possible to feel the stories of social lives so vividly in other parts of the world without our instant communication and control system at light speed? Would it be possible to create “The Story of a Far Near Land”, place it between the magics of light and electricity, and wait hopelessly there will at least be someone who will notice, see, understand and feel that there is life in the form of thoughts somewhere in a mind?

Can “sequence of stories” create a view of life and history on another part of the world? Is it possible to look at: Two thousand years with an unknown, at type-writers and secretaries, relations and dreams, at a square bounding lives of young people coming from the east and the west, at a symphony of loneliness with unwritten personal histories intersecting during eight decades of a republic; with words only? Can words form permanent images on life and history in other minds?

In the new world of global communication and transfer, no one and no country can be completely free and independent.

How can we start telling “The Story of a Far Near Land”? Should we first find and tell a story of the last two thousand years? Should we try to read the stories left on the keys of a “Typewriter”? Should we peep what four young people are doing in their small “Square”? Should we try to hear the silent music from a “Symphony of Loneliness” representing billions of other stories? Should we try to remember and understand what has been lived and what has being lived in the country we live, in neighbour lands, in other parts of the world? (8)

Should we deal with numbers like 7,358,664,203? Or must we always put the names of lives we care at the center of the universe? Should we remember or forget protests held at parks? Do Zuccoti, Tahrir, Hyde and Taksim parks have common features as a reflection of one “global virtual square”? Which one determines what countries will live, elections or the communication and movement of masses? How does change start?


Should we live in politics and think politically? Is it the only way of understanding the reasons behind the insane behaviours of governments?

I am not a politician, sociolog or economist. I am just an ordinary person trying to understand the world. But I want to share my observations since I was quite irritated with what I have seen during the Taksim Gezi Parkı festival which eventually evolved to “Duran Adam” (Standing Man) individual reactions.

My first impression is that both expression methods have been added to the social and cultural heritage of the world already as a specific way of reaction to policies ignoring the rights of individuals. People gather and express themselves in a live communication platform with the sounds of music and colors of life at parks, to protest and stop what should not be made according to them.

Secondly, the response of authorities against peaceful demonstrations is the determinative factor. As they respond harder, keeping the balance of diverseness becomes more and more difficult. Waves of hatred and polarisation of societies arise. Visions of future become darker. When the behaviour against the individual is harsh, the society is silent. Local and international levels of pressure applied on individuals and the relations between oppressive governments had changed much in recent decades. Occurances and reflections of the events are entirely different in the world of Internet and communication. The location, importance and effect potential of the individual must be redefined in multi-nation, multi-culture, multi-religion, multi-purpose and complex relations based on self-interest.

The new world has new concepts effective in local and global economy, society, education, communication, training, and education policies. The most important feature of the new era can be the light chains, replacing the steel chains.

Light chains represent thoughts, steel chains represent actions. Connection and control with light chains are easier. Creating and maintaining actual chains are harder and more expensive.

Actual chains are bonds. Light chains can be the main frame for a global network of freedom.


Is it possible to define and implement a new concept of “Education and Communication System Principles”?

“Freedom Buses” * travelling and taking knowledge from the centers to peripheries as mobile education units can be a starting point for new projects. A social integration and application project for promoting philosophy, knowledge, and relation concepts can be considered. A “Voluntary Quality and Financial Assessment Council” auditing non-government organisations. Creating principles, helping their implementations, auditing application results for the “Education and Communication System”.

People working for “Education and Communication System” can be connected with binary light chains to access eachother, actively communicate and update the data they create. Each person transmits an information piece from one source above to two sources below. Gathers feedback from two sources below to give one source above. All data is collected, issued, and updated at the top level. Upper and lower levels do not define a hierarchy. They are just communication links and directions.

An independent chain can be maintained for each considerable activity. A top level chain can link different activities for accession and management. All can be spread sheets at different sizes, creating a basis for recording, updating, and communicating data and links. “Binary Light Chains, BLC” can be the standard of “Communication at Light Speed, CALS”.

This can also be a new version of an old story, “Origin of Tale” of Vasıf Ongoren, one of the pioneers of writers and directors of Turkish theater. (9) In his book, a child tells the tales. The first condition is the requirement of ten children for starting. To start the next part of the tale, each child listening to the tale is requested to go and tell the tale to another group of ten children. Binary light chains are simpler. Each chain need a link with one upper, two lower chains. Upper and lower levels are not hierarchical. Up defines the direction where the data will be collected and kept. The chains can travel freely. Any time, any two chains can replace eachother voluntarily.

YaseminPforr-Each child a seed

My friend Yasemin Pforr started a very good project for using new means of our era to provide books and training materials for children. “Each child a seed”. (10) I wonder if she can organize her supporters as a “Binary Light Chain” to access more supporters, help more children, manage and share bigger data of success.

When and where will we be living in a world that “Being There” is only a story of the past?

In his review in 1980, Roger Ebert describes “Being There” as a movie “lifted intact from a Jerzy Kosinski novel”, he says and asks:

“The Sellers character knows almost nothing about real life, but he has watched countless hours of television and he can be pleasant, smile, shake hands and comport himself; he learned from watching all those guests on talk shows.”

“What is ‘Being There’ about? I’ve read reviews calling it an indictment of television. But that doesn’t fit; Sellers wasn’t warped by television, he was retarded to begin with, and has TV to thank for what abilities he has to move in society. Is it an indictment of society, for being so dumb as to accept the Sellers character as a great philosophical sage? Maybe, but that’s not so fascinating either. I’m not really inclined to plumb this movie for its message, although I’m sure that’ll be a favorite audience sport. I just admire it for having the guts to take this totally weird conceit and push it to its ultimate comic conclusion.” (11)

In his review in 1997, Roger Ebert comments on artificial intelligence:

“On the day that Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue, I found myself thinking of the film ‘Being There’. The chess champion said there was something about the computer he did not understand, and it frightened him. There were moments when the computer seemed to be . . . thinking. Of course, chess is not a game of thought but of mathematical strategy; Deep Blue has demonstrated it is possible to be very good at it without possessing consciousness.”

“The classic test of Artificial Intelligence has been: Can a computer be programmed to conduct a conversation that seems human to another human? ‘Being There’ is a film about a man whose mind works like a rudimentary A.I. program.”

He talks about the incredible character created on Peter Sellers from Jerzy Kosinski’s novel:

“Chance is played by Peter Sellers, an actor who once told me he had ‘absolutely no personality at all. I am a chameleon. When I am not playing a role, I am nobody.’ Of course, he thought himself ideal for this role, which comes from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski. Sellers plays Chance as a man at peace with himself. When the old man dies, the household is broken up and Chance is evicted, there is a famous scene where he is confronted by possible muggers, and simply points a channel changer at them, and clicks. He is surprised when they do not go away.”

He asks a critical question:

“Is it possible that we are all just clever versions of Chance the gardener? That we are trained from an early age to respond automatically to given words and concepts? That we never really think out much of anything for ourselves, but are content to repeat what works for others in the same situation?”

He repeats “the last words in the movie” as “Life is a state of mind” and comments:

“So no computer will ever be alive. But to the degree that we are limited by our programming, neither will we. The question is not whether a computer will ever think like a human, but whether we choose to free ourselves from thinking like computers.”

The summary of the story does not tell much about the depths of “Being There” (12):

“A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.”

The quotes, however, give some hints:

“Ron Steigler: Mr. Gardner, uh, my editors and I have been wondering if you would consider writing a book for us, something about your um, political philosophy, what do you say?

Chance the Gardener: I can’t write.

Ron Steigler: Heh, heh, of course not, who can nowadays? Listen, I have trouble writing a postcard to my children. Look uhh, we can give you a six figure advance, I’ll provide you with the very best ghost-writer, proof-readers…

Chance the Gardener: I can’t read.

Ron Steigler: Of course you can’t! No one has the time! We, we glance at things, we watch television…

Chance the Gardener: I like to watch TV.

Ron Steigler: Oh, oh, oh sure you do. No one reads!”

We now proudly and profoundly say:

“No one reads. They just still watch TV, and surf purposelessly on the Internet.”


In an article, Frank Islam and Ed Crego compare Chauncey Gardiner in “Being Here” with Ben Carson who thinks “Obamacare is really the worst thing in this nation since slavery”:

“In 1979, Peter Sellers played a fictional character, Chance the gardener (Chauncey Gardiner) in the best-selling movie, Being There. In 2015, Ben Carson, a brain surgeon – portraying himself – is a candidate for President of the United States of America in Being Here.”

“Life is a state of mind. It was in 1979 for a period of time in Being There with Peter Sellers in a starring role and it has been in 2015 with Ben Carson in a starring role until recently in Being Here.”

“Unlike Chance the Gardener, Dr. Carson the brain surgeon is not simple-minded. Like Chance though he has worked in a very small space with little exposure to or knowledge of the world outside the medical setting in which he excelled.” (13)

We believe what we see is real, what we watch is fictitious?

In the age of perception engineering, can we be sure about that?


What is the basic need of modern societies? Is it reality or morality, or both? Do we have a strong compass to find our ways for a better future, to create a new language of peace and prosperity and live in harmony with nature? Do we have a “Compass of Conscious” (14), a moral compass to see the lights of a new dawn with all human beings?

When we write “Being Where”, will the new stories be the light chains shining and changing continously in brilliant minds of all human beings in the universe?


Now finally, it is time to talk about the first movie I had ever watched. “The Yellow Rolls Royce”. The film had been made in the year I wrote my first story. I had written “Overthrown Train” in 1964, soon after I started the elementary school and I learned writing. (15)

I remember a yellow car living vividly in my mind for days and weeks and months. It should be some time after 1964. I had watched reflections of light coming from lands I had never seen, bringing new worlds and definitions, introducing people and relations I could never meet and know, opening new windows for seeing and understanding life. I don’t remember the tradename of the car in the movie I watched, or maybe I had not noticed it at all, since the title in local film poster was “The Yellow Car”. I accessed the film data only after I considered writing on “the first movie I had ever watched”.

The tagline “Everything Happens In The Yellow Rolls Royce” defines the film. The introduction written by A.L.Beneteau provides enough hints for understanding why it may make huge effects in the mind of a child who had never watched a movie before:

“Three stories about the lives and loves of those who own a certain yellow Rolls-Royce:
– First purchased by the Marquess of Frinton for his wife as a belated anniversary present, the Marchiness finds her own use for the vehicle – one which prompts her husband to sell the car in disgust.
– Gangster Paolo Maltese’s moll, Mae, thinks the Rolls is a ‘classy’ car in which to tour Paolo’s home town in Italy. When Paolo is called away to the States to finish some ‘business’, a bored Mae takes the Rolls on a spin through the country, enjoying both the sights and the handsome Italian photographer who crosses her path.
– By the outbreak of World War II, the car has come into the possession of socialite Gerda Millet. While on her way to visit Yugoslavian royalty, Gerda and the Rolls become (at first) unwitting and then (eventually) most willing participants in the Yugoslavian fight.” (16)

I should have seen many actresses and actors I will know later in this film for the first time:

“Rex Harrison as Lord Charles, Marquess of Frinton
Jeanne Moreau as Eloise, Marchioness of Frinton
Shirley MacLaine as Mae Jenkins
George C. Scott as Paolo Maltese
Ingrid Bergman as Gerda Millett
Omar Sharif as Davich
Alain Delon as Stefano”

The film also inspired the idea of “Typewriter”. Upon a suggestion, I had even considered choosing the title as “The Green Typewriter”, but I prefferred leaving it as an ordinary one representing all typewriters. (17)

In fact, although “The Yellow Rolls Royce” had made great effects on how I see life, art and literature, it was not the first visual show I had ever watched. A “Karagoz Shadow Play” presented by a young student while we are at a summer house had also made a considerable impact. I had remembered his show and jokes, and tried to prepare my own shows at home after I started primary school.

The “Karagoz Shadow Play” I watched also found a place in 2000+X:

“One of the first images I remember from years before was a Karagoz Shadow Play I watched at a holiday region. I don’t remember how old I was, but I should be at most four or five.” (18)

From a “Karagoz Shadow Play” to “The Yellow Rolls Royce”, from “Being There” to artificial intelligence and perception engineering of global instant communication network.

Where are we going? What is our next puzzle to solve?


In a video posted on March 20, filmmaker and critic David Cairns provides some details for “Being There”:

“Nearly four decades after its initial release, Being There, Hal Ashby’s 1979 satire of American culture, feels more prescient than ever. A showcase for the subtler side of actor Peter Sellers, the film follows the misadventures of Chance, a childlike gardener who, by a series of coincidences, becomes a media darling and a confidant to a powerful Washington, D.C., businessman. For the latest installment of his series Anatomy of a Gag, filmmaker and critic David Cairns details the nuances that generate laughter in this almost gagless comedy, including the surprising juxtapositions in Ashby’s editing and musical choices, his evocations of everyone from Stanley Kubrick to Stan Laurel, and the carefully calibrated minimalism of Sellers’s performance.” (19)

I believe we will continue hearing much about being there. Until where?

If we start another task before completing the previous one, will starting still be “half of completing”?


Today is 8th April 2017, 09:55 a.m. I finally completed this writing adventure.


* I think Sakip Sabanci’s “Office Bus” he used for working during his frequent travels between Istanbul where he lives, and Izmit where most of his factories are located; should have been the inspiration source for this idea. I remember I had thought “What a good idea! This can also be valuable for creating mobile resources and work platforms to be used at different locations for interests of a variety of communities.

1. Roger Ebert, Being There,, May 25, 1997
2. Film Kaşifi (Film Explorer),
3. Mehmet Arat, The Value of Free Books,
4. Mehmet Arat, Fairy of Inspiration,
5. Mehmet Arat, Yitirdigim Anilar (Memories Lost),
6. Mehmet Arat, How I Wrote 2000+X?,
7. Dan P. McAdams, The Mind of Donald Trump,
8. Mehmet Arat, Voyages in Stories,
9. Vasıf Öngören, Masalın Aslı (The Origin of Tale),
10. Yasemin Pforr, Her Çocuk Bir Tohum (Each Child A Seed),
11. Roger Ebert, Being There,, January 1, 1980
12. Hal Ashby, Being There,, 1979
13. Frank Islam, Ed Crego, Being There: Chauncey Gardiner. Being Here: Ben Carson.,, Updated Dec 05, 2016
14. Mehmet Arat, Vicdan Pusulası (Compass of Conscious),
15. Mehmet Arat, How I Wrote 2000+X?,
16. Anthony Asquith, The Yellow Rolls-Royce,
17. Mehmet Arat, Typewriter (A Sequence of Stories),,
18. Mehmet Arat, 2000+X Uzun Bir Arayışın Kısa Öyküsü (2000+X Short Story of a Long Seek),
19. David Cairns, Anatomy of a Gag: Being There,

How I Wrote 2000+X?


Let me think. How I Wrote 2000+X?

If I should tell you in the beginning what I will tell at the end, I should simply say this: “It was not easy!”


The creation period of 2000+X started in 1998, when I first heard on TV that Spice Girls were selected as the music group of the last five centuries. I have no record to give a reference for this, so the information may not be precise. Was it a thousand years, five centuries or a hundred years? Was it Spice Girls or another group? No, I should not doubt this, I am almost sure that it was Spice Girls. I remember I thought “Who can decide on such a selection, how?”


The previous milestone can be the moment when I thought “I will be fourty two years old in the year 2000.” I don’t remember when exactly it was, but it was obviously much earlier than 1998. It can even be when I was listening to the song “In the year twenty five twenty five” near 1970. I was sure that I will not witness the year 2525, but I should have considered 2000 as a computable and expectable target.


There may be many other milestones but the third and last one I want to mention is the day when I wrote “Overthrown Train”. It was in 1964, soon after I started the elementary school and I learned writing, I was probably not able to read my own story at that time since I had not learned reading yet. I was very happy for being able to write stories like the ones I had been told previously. I don’t have an original copy of this story which was about a train crash, but I re-wrote it as I remembered, fifty years after it was first written.

Anyway, although I don’t remember when exactly the image of year 2000 appeared in my mind, there was one thing I knew since the beginning of the last several decades before the millenium: I had born some time before the year 2000, and I would probably die some time after the year 2000.

When I heard the news about Spice Girls, the questions started flooding in my mind. “Can there be a musician representing all musicians and every tune they create?” Many questions then followed about other professions. Could there be a a scientist, a worker, a doctor, an engineer, a politician, a soldier, a writer, an artist, someone from any profession having a major, critical, key effect?

The world were too busy with 2K disaster scenarios at that time, even I personally was trying to find economical solutions for operating our software after 2000.

I tried to choose limited number of resources. I started reading first, and after a long time, I started walking in the world of 2000, since X was not included at the beginning.

My sleepless nights at the weekends began. I was too busy during the week days. It took much longer time than I could expect. I was hoping to complete the work to have it published in 2000 at the first months.

After several years, I started asking “Will I ever be able solve this long and complex puzzle?” I think I was lucky. Invisible, hidden, external and internal forces helped me. One day I was able to write the last sentence, put the final full stop, and note the date and time.

Obviously, it was just another beginning. I have not been able to decide how many times it is harder to get your first work published as an unpublished writer, than writing it. I just tried to be patient.

Finally, I met my publisher who convinced me that it may be the correct time to publish the book.


So “2000+X” was published in September, 2016, in Kangaroo Press. “X=16” for “2000+X”.

I am not more optimistic after these sixteen years. But I am trying also not to be pessimistic. I am trying to believe that the below “Short History of the World” will never be written in real world:

“They built the pyramides, the towers rising up to the clouds, they built flying vehicles opening holes to far galaxies and to the limits of the universe. They discovered the power of power. They used their new toys as unresponsible children of nature. This, was the end of history.”

This is all I can tell for now. I know billions of people are still trying to estimate some X values for the questions in their minds. Me? I am also hoping to find sufficient time to complete my search after hidden answers.

Mehmet Arat, 2000+X “Uzun Bir Arayisin Kisa Oykusu”, Kanguru Yayinlari, Eylul 2016,

(2000+X, “Short Story of a Long Seek”, Publisher: Kangaroo Press, September 2016)

The Value of Free Books


Once upon a time a friend of mine had prepared a brief leaflet for their exhibition at a festival. I always remembered what he mentioned about selling this single page to the visitors:

“We must charge at least a symbolic cost. Otherwise, some will just have a short look and throw it away. Most will even not have that look and just send it directly to garbage.”

I don’t feel myself like a good member of the consumer society. I think at least twice before I make a purchasing decison. This is not only for the financial cost. My personality declares me not to interfere with the environment excessively. I have a fear of giving an
irreversible harm with an unnecessary action.

But in the past, I was a collector of items like many others were, brochures, sample kits, trial offers, we were ready to take and keep anything.

I don’t remember when exactly this fact changed, but after some time, I started trying to minimize my arbitrary footprints in the universe. I gained a feeling telling “Any trace you leave must have a meaning.”

At the critical points of decision moments, I started refusing free offers unless they were absolutely necessary for me and I was ready also to pay for them. This approach was valid for years.

In the new world of global communication and interference, when I first saw the offer of University of Chicago Press, I was also at a mood of rejecting also the electronic offers due to increasing traffic of daily messages.

However, I requested free books offered by them since I had an impression telling those may have a value for me and I might find some time for at least fast reading them in a reasonable time. Besides, electronic copies did not have environmental effects and did not require physical storing spaces.

So, my free books adventure began.



Do the free books have value? How can it be measured?

The value of books can be argued from different aspects. As the commercial values of intellectual, scientific, cultural or artistic products. As the measurable values of dissemination, interaction, social effect or feedbak rate. As the academic values evaluated under standard approaches of international sciences.

Is it possible to explain the value of art product with general supply and demand curves? Production and exchange systems are not able to explain these mechanisms completely even for standard items. In the complex world of continuous communication, none of the affecting factors can give the answer alone. Dynamics of value can be worked to understand and find new criteria to define the value of tacit items.

There are many questions which can be asked. Can the trend analysis of new production and exchange forms be made completely for the new dynamic models? Is an item worthless when not paid? Is an item really worthy if it is paid and costly? Are the start-up and entry costs for sectors valid for both standard economy items and intellectual properties? What is the function of art and literature? What is their relation with economy? What are the functions of art and literature producers and consumers as independent individuals? What are their purposes? Is there a question of freedom? Are there large gaps between existing and expected situations? Is the number of questions on
values of art and literature a finite value?




In the communication age of fast living, it may not be possible to survive without “Computer Aided Life Support”.

I had once noted “Commerce At Light Speed” following the “Being Human at Light Speed”.

In today’s world, trade is important since each physical or abstract entity must have a commercial value to survive.

This, obviously creates a paradox.

At least some of the items must be kept away from the trade system, to keep the balance between moral and commercial values. However, this approach still seems to be too far to find a place in the current system.

On the other hand, life gains new meanings with the communication technologies.

I am not trying to mention medical aids, health alarm systems and monitoring.

I am focusing directly on the meaning of life for individuals. Understanding yourself, your region, your world, and the entire universe, giving a meaning for your existence, feeling you are a part of the large system, feeling you can change some of the unpleasant aspects of

Social media, being able to contact many people spread throughout the world, gives new opportunities for life. It is a new type of living for the individual, a new and probably very effective way of existing.

Can free books be the great values of the new era? Can they be the standard and perfect way of existence in the future? Can they build the interaction platform where each unique member of the world will store explanations and questions, and receive answers and new questions in a rapidly growing development cycle?

Do we need a new measurement system for evaluating the value of intellectual properties?



Are there ways of unseeing?

Does “not seeing” have the same meaning with unseeing? Is there a new way of existing?

To see or not to see.

The above description of existence follows “Ways of Seeing” (1) by John Berger (2):

“Ways of Seeing is a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger’s scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series is partially a response to Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series, which represents a more traditionalist view of the Western artistic and cultural canon.”

Ways of seeing had always included a certain amount of ways of unseeing. However, in today’s global village of communication, it is a surprise for me to witness the power of efforts for domination of the ways of unseeing against ways of seeing.

Whether it leans on word or it leans on sound, or whether it leans on image, any branch of art and literature reflects the reality from a point of view. Or more correctly, it presents only a selected portion of the reality, and besides it presents it after transforming, changing, and even distorting it.

From a point of view, it understands the reality on its own way, it commentates, explains, and tells.

With another way of looking, it does not understand or seems intentionally as if it has not understood, distorts, complicates, brings it to an ununderstandable state.

“Ways of seeing” includes “Ways of unseeing” in its composition, in a way.

While showing one aspect, it covers everywhere with a dark fog.

It hides the reality from the eyes believing it understands the truth. It hides enjoying the moment, with a great joy.

Since we tend to believe what we see with our own eyes, the importance of this effect increases in visual arts.

Crowded traces running after dominating ideas cover everywhere.

Understanding the worn and eroded external world becomes more difficult. All seeks introvert. They point only their originator. (3)



Is “Being Human at Light Speed” possible?

My memory is not good. I forget everything. Writing is therefore very valuable for me, I always take notes. I admire and love the search option of the digital world. However, it is also not a straight-forward process for finding what you want. I was not able to trace the
origin of “Being Human at Light Speed”. The only link I could find was my messages about Jane Friedman’s blog. (4)

8 Feb 12, @JaneFriedman. I noticed your note “Being Human at Electric Speed”, remembered “Thinking at Light Speed”. I think being human is more difficult.

27 Mar 12, @JodyHedlund. This is very human I think. May be an example for Jane Friedman’s “Being Human at Electric Speed” I believe sharing is living.

I also remember the works about “Commerce at Light Speed” and “Continuous Acquisition and Lifecycle Support”. An article compares USA and Japan on CALS:

“This article reports on and compares early activity in the area of electronic business in the USA and Japan arising from the introduction of the Continuous Acquisition and Lifecycle Support (CALS) initiative developed in the USA in 1985, to improve defence procurement and operational support through the use of electronic, rather than paper, media. CALS is possibly the first major e-business initiative and, as such, it has important lessons to give the present plethora of e-business activity. Included are an overview of what CALS is and how it was adopted in the two different cultural and industrial contexts. The paper concludes by summarizing possible implications of CALS for the UK.” (5)

Anyway, “Being Human at Light Speed” is not easy today. Being human was not also so easy before the information age. But it is now very difficult to know what the world really lives and feels despite the existence of online information and news channels.

I had once tried to summarize light explosions:

“While our lives are getting faster each moment, ‘Light Explosions’ gain a specific importance. When people who had lived in darkness throughout thousands of years were illuminated with fire, when information previosly transmitted with manuscripts and smoke signals were transmitted with use of printing press and electricity, a transformation process had started. Now we are in a new era of change. We have
to re-define life in a world communicating at light speed.” (6)


Either in stone or digital age, “I think, therefore I am.” (7)

Is it the same or different at light speed?

“I think, therefore I write. I write, therefore I am.”

Should “write” in this statement be interchanged with “read” at the frequency of light?

From the first signs at the caves to online daily creation of global multimedia complex, who is writing, thinking, and living? Why is she thinking? Why is he writing? Why are they living?




My free books adventure began when I first saw the offer of University of Chicago Press and then I received many interesting titles, had a short look at them, told myself “How interesting they are, I must read them as soon as possible!”

But I have not read any of the books so far. I am not pessimistic. I am sure I will read some of them one day. This is just a normal delay due to my intense schedule!

I remember a scene and a powerful comment on sea trips accross La Manche by Mr. Hastings in one of Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot novels. It was about the duration, like too short to start, too long not to do anything.

He was complaining that he could do nothing during these trips. At the beginning, he was thinking that the time was not sufficient to do anything, neither to look around and enjoy his time nor to read a book. He said he was always in a rush running from one place to another one in the ship and with this feeling, he was considering the time he spent at the ship as lost.

Isn’t this valid for life trips of most of us? Can we find the time required to live what we want to live?


The University of Chicago Press has an introduction at the web site. Following excerpts are from the information given there:

“Since its origins in 1890 as one of the three main divisions of the University of Chicago, the Press has embraced as its mission the obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to publish serious works that promote education, foster public
understanding, and enrich cultural life.”

“Through our books and journals, we seek not only to advance scholarly conversation within and across traditional disciplines but, in keeping with the University of Chicago’s experimental tradition, to help define new areas of knowledge and intellectual endeavor.”

“The Press also recognizes the obligation to match the form of our publications to our readers’ needs by pursuing innovations in print and electronic technologies.” (8)

Can free books be considered as an important support for cultural exchange and success of international programs? (9)



The first book I was interested in the publications of University of Chicago Press was Alice Kaplan’s “Dreaming in French”, “The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis”.


“Since World War II, countless American students have been lured by that vision—and been transformed by their sojourn in the City of Light. Dreaming in French tells three stories of that experience, and how it changed the lives of three extraordinary American women.”

“All three women would go on to become icons, key figures in American cultural, intellectual, and political life, but when they embarked for France, they were young, little-known, uncertain about their future, and drawn to the culture, sophistication, and drama that only Paris could offer. Yet their backgrounds and their dreams couldn’t have been more different.”


Jacqueline Bouvier: 1949–1950
“Jacqueline Bouvier was a twenty-year-old debutante, a Catholic girl from a wealthy East Coast family.”

Susan Sontag: 1957–1958
“Susan Sontag was twenty-four, a precocious Jewish intellectual from a North Hollywood family of modest means, and Paris was a refuge from motherhood, a failing marriage, and graduate work in philosophy at Oxford.”

Angela Davis: 1963–1964
“Angela Davis, a French major at Brandeis from a prominent African American family in Birmingham, Alabama, found herself the only black student in her year abroad program—in a summer when all the news from Birmingham was of unprecedented racial violence.”

“Kaplan takes readers into the lives, hopes, and ambitions of these young women, tracing their paths to Paris and tracking the discoveries, intellectual adventures, friendships, and loves that they found there.”

“For all three women, France was far from a passing fancy; rather, Kaplan shows, the year abroad continued to influence them, a significant part of their intellectual and cultural makeup, for the rest of their lives.” (10)



It is not easy to keep records even in the computer age but as far as I remember, the book on the Phoenix Poets can be one of the first books I requested.

A Charm” from David Ferry’s “Stranger” with four lines quoted below can be the first poem I read there:

“I have a twin who bears my name
Bears it about with him in shame”

“When I was brave, he was afraid
He told the truth; I lied” (11)

In the introduction of “Phoenix Poets”, “Quality of feeling underscored by quality of thought, the mind in motion, the eye and ear attentive, formal ingenuity in the service of important subjects” are specified as “some of the qualities that the series embodies” as
they “look to publish the best books of poetry being written, regardless of fashion.”

“Phoenix Poets was founded in 1982 by Robert von Hallberg and the Press, and began in 1983 to publish books by individual American and British poets. After the initial years, culminating with Donald Davie’s Collected Poems (1990), the series shifted its focus to American poets. Phoenix Poets continues to publish books distinguished by keen awareness of the history and possibilities of poetry.” (12)



Since the first one, I received many other free books. Unfortunately, I was not able to read any one of them completely. Priorities, priorities!

From a point of view, this is a failure of the program. None of the books were able to transmit a full message to me.

From another point of view, this is still a success. I was informed about the publications of University of Chicago Press and many, tens of books they published. This is far more than checking books at a book store or browsing the introductions and excerpts of books on Internet.

The anwwer is not clear and unique. Like any answer found in life, in nature or in human societies. It has a complex and transforming shape. It is not an answer but a set of new questions. Like any book which can be read. And even complex cloud of unknowns and pieces of information is not visible, stable, and permanent. It starts evaporating as soon as it touches to mind. Like any word said or heard, written or read, sent or received, shared or kept personal.

Anyway, I am very happy to have some brilliant reflections from publications of Chicago Press in my mind.

Even I know that I may not remember them after a period of time, maybe several years, maybe more, but absolutely not more than a century.

This is life as far as I know and I feel, with I have lived so far, isn’t it?


As a conclusion, what can we say? Do free books have value? Is it measurable with their impact on their current and potential readers?


1. Ways of Seeing,
2. John Berger,
3. Mehmet Arat, Gormeme Bicimleri (Ways of Unseeing),
4. Mehmet Arat, My Tweetures 2012,
5. Tony Holden, Ruth A. Schmidt, Commerce at light speed – an international comparative evaluation of CALS strategy and implementation in
the USA and Japan,
6. Mehmet Arat, Cocuklar ve Secmenler (Children and Voters),
7. René Descartes, Cogito ergo sum,
8. About the Press,
9. International Partnerships,
10. Alice Kaplan, Dreaming in French, The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis,
11. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago Shorts, Thirty Years of Phoenix Poets, 1983 to 2012,
12. Randolph Petilos, Acquiring Editor, Phoenix Poets,

My Tweetures 2014: SORROW


Do you know what happened in 1804?

Should I give you a short break to think and make a guess?

Anyway, the answer is just below.

1804 is the year in which world population reached 1 billion.

Do you know what 7,358,664,203 is?

I believe it may be easier to guess.

It is the current world population at the moment I retrieved. (1)

So each of us was only one of the value above at that time. One divided by seven plus billions. The ratio is practically zero. It is 1.35894 e- 10, scientifically.

I regret to say, but at some time, that ratio will eventually be an actual zero for each of us, with no exclusion.


Milestones of the world population were:

7 Billions: 2011
6 Billions: 1999
5 Billions: 1987
4 Billions: 1974
3 Billions: 1960
2 Billions: 1927
1 Billion: 1804

Below values are from Twitter Usage Statistics:

The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter. It took over three years, until the end of May 2009, to reach the billionth tweet.Today, it takes less than two days for one billion tweets to be sent.”

“In Twitter’s short history, we went from 5,000 tweets per day in 2007 to 500,000,000 tweets per day in 2013, which represents a six orders of magnitude increase. The intermediate steps were 300,000 tweets per day in 2008, 2.5 million tweets per day in 2009, 35 million tweets per day in 2010, 200 million tweets per day in 2011, and 340 million tweets per day when Twitter celebrated its sixth year on March 21, 2012.” (2)

Why, do you think, we are sending so many tweets? To communicate our thoughts, to share information, to relax, to enjoy ourselves, to find new ways to understand the world (or others, past, future, details of human activities), to feel we are alive, to forget we will eventually die?

Or is it just a new way of breathing to survive? Are we confident with our concepts of universe, nature, and humanity? Can we see that the world is now like a kind of Noah’s Ark, with globally connected, giant consuming centers?

Do we believe in life and respect nature? Can we live within the limits of humanity?

Or do we desperately need other beliefs to forget the eventual end, and to find reasons to keep ourselves away from evil?

What happens when the limits of humanity disappears in the heavy fog of today’s complex and violent world?

We are all telling the same story of the human kind. The direction we look may be different depending on who and where we are.

Aristotle, Balzac, Baudelaire, Byron, Dante, Dickens, Dostoyevski, Flaubert, Goethe, Gorki, Hugo, Hegel, Homeros, Machiavelli, Proust, Rousseau, Spengler, Steinbeck, Stendhal, Marx, Plato, Taine, Tolstoy, Zola, Voltaire, whoever we are, it is the single story of life in the universe as we see and feel it.

Today, we have many authors living in different parts of the world. Most of them are probably linked to their readers and to other writers in the global network. Not only the authors, billions of people are linked to eachother in the new era of twenty first century.


Do you think there is still too much pain in the world? Do you have an idea how sorrow is seen from inside or outside, in different places, by people looking from this or other side?

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How do you remember Occupy Wallstreet movement which began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district?


What about Tahrir as the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak, 2013 protests at Taksim Gezi Park in Turkey and in several Brazilian cities?



Parks can host different types of protests.


Like ‘Beach body ready’ tube advert protests planned for Hyde Park.


Extensive usage of new communication tools can be considered as the common feature of a wide range of protests.

Such movements mobilizing masses quickly are the new ways of social interference and resolution.


Will all the squares at different parts of the world be replaced by one “global virtual square” after a long period of trials and errors?

A square where real people will participate to actual protests with their avatars, share their ideas and wills, to tell decision makers and executers their actual demands.

These protests will not cause damages in public buildings, they will not require thousands and thousands riot police, no tear gas or chemical water will be necessary.

Do you think rulers have (or will have) the required skills to understand those silent messages?



Do you know how the lands you live are seen from this part of the world?

Can you see what is going on at this part of the world?

Your “this part of the world” depends on where you live. Links between different parts of the world are very strong in our age as never been in history.

Billions of people can see everything. They can see where and how others live, what they believe, what they think, how they see them.

Knowing the details of other lives can help in understanding other cultures.

But it can also give rise to an uncontrollable anger, if there is an unacceptable level difference between the other part of the world.

There is too much pain in the world. There is much more in some continents, in some regions. Can humanity speak an international language? Do all people in this world have souls?

What is “this part of the world” for you? What would you feel if you were living at Kobane now? Have you heard about the unbelievable attacks of some militants against ordinary, innocent people? Do you know how life is difficult for millions of people who had left their homes towards an unknown future? Do you know what they lived before?

What, do you think, people from other parts of the world will feel when they come and see your life?


Do you know what really happened in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and many other parts of the world in 2014?

Do you think we are safe in our global village?


The following are some of the tweetures.



OriginalBADYOGAKITTY @minamaya13 26 Dec

Please RT&SIGN! Help us put an end to cruel sport of #bear baiting in #Pakistan … via @UKChange



Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
My Tweetures 2013 via @wordpressdotcom @Porter_Anderson @aallemanwrites @MAOrthofer


Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
@brainpicker Reminds life and death. It is not possible to live without accepting both. #LitJuke Julia 1984


Jon Winokur ‏@AdviceToWriters 15 Aug 2014
Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 15 Aug 2014
@AdviceToWriters Literally, it does not seem to be a good advice. #amwriting #writing #writetip


Porter Anderson ‏@Porter_Anderson 09 Aug 2014
“The least they can do is not insult the memory of great writers.” @JohnBiggs on “Getting Orwell Wrong” @TechCrunch

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 09 Aug 2014
@Porter_Anderson @johnbiggs @TechCrunch Are the winners real winners in these games? Are there other losers than visible ones?



Theodora Goss @theodoragoss 09 Aug 2014

Where I was today. 🙂


Mehmet Arat ?@mehmetarat2000
@theodoragoss I was not there today. 😦



Jon Winokur ‏@AdviceToWriters 14 Jul 2014
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 14 Jul 2014
@AdviceToWriters Examples of creative pauses can be useful. #writing #amwriting #fiction


Simon & Schuster ‏@simonschuster 12 Jun 2014
Stop pleasing: You can’t make everybody happy
via @DrHenryCloud & @AOL

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 12 Jun 2014
@simonschuster @DrHenryCloud @AOL A world in which we can make everybody happy could be fine. Aren’t utopias a search for that? #writing


The Paris Review ?@parisreview 09 Jun 2014
Can you protect a work of art meant to last hundreds of thousands of years? Daniel Bosch on Charles Ray’s “Hinoki”:

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Charles Ray’s Hinoki (2007) at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo: Ed Bierman, via Flickr



Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 10 Apr 2014
@Politics_Prose Any solution for the dilemma? “So many books, so little time.”

Politics & Prose ‏@Politics_Prose 10 Apr 2014
@mehmetarat2000 All about perspective: we like to see it more as challenge, less as dilemma!


Porter Anderson ‏@Porter_Anderson 10 Apr 2014
#WhatWorks14 #LBF14 @IntPublishers | @jbrandinoz “Common game mechanics…include action; rules; skills; chance – random seeds.”

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 10 Apr 2014
@Porter_Anderson @IntPublishers @jbrandinoz Similar to story mechanics?


robertleebrewer @robertleebrewer 10 Apr 2014 Çeviriyi görüntüle
I see a poem in your future. Here’s a prompt: #amwriting


Justin Germino @poemwatch 09 Apr 2014
PoemWatch poetry News is out! … Stories via @PoetsOfTheFall @jesskristie @writershome
Natalia Sylvester @NataliaSylv 08 Apr 2014
It’s Always About Stories: Thoughts on @susangloss’s VINTAGE & the stories beneath the surface: #writing


Maria Popova ‏@brainpicker 17 Feb 2014
Umberto Eco on history’s greatest maps of imaginary places and why they appeal to us so much


Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
@brainpicker Eco: “Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.” Why?



The Paris Review ‏@parisreview 16 Feb 2014
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves

Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 17 Feb 2014
@parisreview “Why did you not write war poems?” GRAVES: “I did. But I destroyed them.” #poetry



Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014
@RickChesler @douglascorleone “Long live the sun!” My Tweetures 2012 via @wordpressdotcom



Mehmet Arat ‏@mehmetarat2000 04 Jan 2014


@christinadelay Thank you for sharing. #fiction #shortstory


I wonder where our tweetures will be after X decades.



1. Worldometers,, Data as of August 9, 2015 at 6:31:15 AM
2. Twitter Usage Statistics,

My Tweetures 2013

Unwritten Stories Behind Tweetures

Unwritten Stories Behind Tweetures

My first tweet was a reply to Paulo Coelho. I had just read “The Alchemist”. It was therefore interesting to see his name on my screen. I already knew that the world was now in a new era of global communication. However, seeing direct responses from different people in all parts of the world were providing a further depth to understand this simple fact.

The above paragraph is from last year’s my tweetures. I just read an interview on Paulo Coelho’s new book, “Adultery”.

This year’s tweetures are shorter, they can be considered like very short face stories reminding some interactions lost in the sea of tweets.

I know technical specialists are working continuously on finding better ways to store, organize, process, access, and get use from data. But complex nature of human mind is preventing us from sailing on a still sea of ideas and thoughts. We always have storms in and between us.

We have a giant tool there, containing the answers for almost everything we want to know and help us in our ways.

But the tool is not standard for all people, for all questions and answers. Individual and different answers exist for each seeker, each question, and each volunteer stepping forward to help. A very complex organism of thoughts and ideas, acts and facts, rises and falls, hope and despair.

I wish tweetures could have written at least several stories on the power of communication.


The following are some of the tweetures.



Porter Anderson
Journalist in Publishing | Associate Editor @TheFutureBook | #PorterMeets @TheBookseller | Writing on the Ether @ThoughtCatalog | Fmr: CNN, Village Voice, UN

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 1 Jun 2013

“Slang changes. It can date your book. You can’t predict how it will evolve.” @NathanBransford #amwriting #BEA13

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 10 Jun 2013
@Porter_Anderson @NathanBransford Dialogues are difficult.Slang even more.Trapped between spoken and written,today&future.#amwriting

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 10 Jun 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Many good guides out there on dialogue writing, though. Keep at it. Bests with your work. @NathanBransford

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 11 Jun 2013
@Porter_Anderson @NathanBransford Dialogue should be true for novel as Nathan says, and strong to keep story alive in time. #amwriting

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 11 Jun 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Very well put (by you and by @NathanBransford), indeed.

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 16 Jul 2013
#Literary #authors “are, arguably, the least cloistered of all writers.” @agnieszkasshoes responds to the #Ether:

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 16 Jul 2013
@Porter_Anderson @agnieszkasshoes Cloister now contains millions. Writers, readers, and more. #ether #Writing #AmWriting

Porter Anderson @Porter_Anderson 16 Jul 2013
@mehmetarat2000 We’ll add on a wing. 🙂 @agnieszkasshoes



Arleen Alleman
Former GAO senior analyst, biology, health/fitness, past jewelry design and fashion model, shop owner. Now author and speaker with 4 novels and writing.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Nov 26
@aallemanwrites @ALALibrary @tiki_toki No, no book should ever be banned. Where will it end? via @wordpressdotcom

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Arleen Alleman @aallemanwrites Nov 27
@mehmetarat2000 @ALALibrary @tiki_toki @wordpressdotcom Absolutely! Nor should free thinking be discouraged or punished.

Arleen Alleman @aallemanwrites 28 May 2013
Quotes by Darcy Farthing. Where is she coming from? Where is she going? … #fiction

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 28 May 2013
@aallemanwrites Hi Arleen. Thanks for quotes. They can tell both nothing and everything. Can they tell how to manage “trillions of events”?

Arleen Alleman @aallemanwrites 28 May 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Fortunately, we all have only to manage our own events, do our best, and hope others do the same.
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Michael Orthofer
M.A.Orthofer = the Complete Review + the Literary Saloon

Michael Orthofer @MAOrthofer Nov 26
New review: Yoko Tawada’s Portrait of a Tongue: An Experimental Translation by Chantal Wright

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Nov 26
@MAOrthofer “readers concerned with questions of language(s)” All humans should be so, specially if they are not understood.

Michael Orthofer @MAOrthofer Nov 26
@mehmetarat2000 *should be*, yes — but too often not the case (especially in monolingual-tending US)
1:53 PM – 26 Nov 2013 · Details



Ali Luke
I’m a writer, and have two books out: Publishing E-Books For Dummies and Lycopolis. I run Writers’ Huddle, a community / teaching site – .

Ali Luke @aliventures 4 Jul 2013
@mehmetarat2000 True, though I think it’s not just a modern problemn! (great xkcd comic here — )

Ali Luke @aliventures 18 Jun 2013
@mehmetarat2000 Not sure how often I’d want to do that, personally, but fair point..!

Ali Luke @aliventures 18 Jun 2013
“The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself.” – John Mortimer #writing

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 18 Jun 2013
@aliventures In some cases,boring yourself maybe useful to bore others too,if this is what one wants to do. #writing #amwriting

Ali Luke
@mehmetarat2000 Not sure how often I’d want to do that, personally, but fair point..!



Alex Myers
I do Radio and Writing. Time Change Book 1 is only 99¢ @Amazon #writing

Alex Myers favorited your Tweet
13 Feb 2013: @Alex_Austin Ink? For now yes, but in the future it may be difficult to find “ink” without prefix “e-“. Thoughts will survive

Alex Myers favorited your Tweets
17 Jun 2013: @Alex_Austin Any permanent section of the volatile words flowing in mind can potentially be valuable. #writing #amwriting

Alex Myers favorited your Tweet
Dec 26: @Alex_Austin Alternatives of “not being distracted” part can be found, I don’t think talent can exceed 5 %.



Tara Avis
PhD in Creative Writing. Tree loving,river gazing existentialist treasure seeker with a poetic compass.

Tara Avis @RaravisHq Sep 10
@mehmetarat2000 Thank you M. Much love, gratitude. T
2:40 PM – 10 Sep 2013 · Details

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000 Sep 12
@RaravisHq @wordpressdotcom It was a pleasure to work on that. Thanks a lot.

Tara Avis @RaravisHq Sep 13
@mehmetarat2000 @wordpressdotcom You’re v welcome M. The feeling is absolutely mutual.



Metered thoughts, quotes from whatever I’m reading and the odd poem.

@RaravisHq @sisika_ @HudsonPhilipd @opheliasings @dogfish9 @alainguillemain @mehmetarat2000 @mrsdarkly I’m touched x

10:22 AM – 27 Sep 2013



Author & Advocate ¦ Social entrepreneur ¦ My Books: ¦ @wintergoosepub & @hallwayproject ¦ Love #Poetry

Butterfly @jesskristie Nov 26
@mehmetarat2000 Thanks my friend for including me 🙂
5:49 PM – 26 Nov 2013



Erika Robuck
2015) East Coast ·

Erika Robuck retweeted you
31 Dec 2012: @ErikaRobuck I wish a happy and prosperous new year! Let fairies of inspiration be with 2013.


My Tweetures 2012


My first tweet was a reply to Paulo Coelho. I had just read “The Alchemist”. It was therefore interesting to see his name on my screen. I already knew that the world was now in a new era of global communication. However, seeing direct responses from different people in all parts of the world were providing a further depth to understand this simple fact.

If I remember correctly, he had written a quote like “Today I sat at a bank alone and smiled.” (Paulo Coelho, @paulocoelho)

This may not be exactly what he had said. I wrote as I remember. I was able to retrieve all my messages, but not all the related tweets. There may be a way of finding all of them, but I am afraid I am not young and skillful enough to reach that solution.

Anyway, my remark was “Where? Here they say one laughing by himself is called crazy!” (Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 31 Mar 11) for his tweet. Yes, there is really a saying like that. I think it can be linked to the hidden desires of the society to punish free wills and acts. To have control on the freedom of youth.

I know you will say “It is in 2011, why do you mention it here?”

The answer is simple. I did not make a review of what I had found previously in Twitter at the beginning of 2012. I was trying to understand what is going on there and find a place for myself, to see where I can be included in this new world. The conclusion was not promising. It was not easier to be part of somewhere in the digital world, than it is in the real world.

I insisted to survive. I am still here and there. No one can know where he or she will be after a second, a minute, an hour, a week, a month, a year, a decade.

But I think we all know where we will be after a century. In spite of the slight differences in defining the location we imagine.


I don’t know when I first decided to write a summary based on the selected tweets of the year, but I remember I was interested in the Twitter name of Ali Luke, @Aliventures. I had retweeted her “7 Habits of Serious Writers” in June 2011. (Ali Luke, @Aliventures, Yes, this was before 2012 too. But my tweet about “How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day” by Rachel Aaron, to Vala Faye is on 27 Mar 12: “Writing faster seems good but then you may not enjoy what you live during the experience and lose the thrill.” (Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12, @ValaFaye @aliventures)

In the flood of tweets, it is generally very difficult to access the main idea of what you have read, even what you have written after a while. Hashtags, saved searches, retweets, favorites are useful to access a special topic, but there is again the problem of organization and finding the specific theme you ask for. So below are arbitrary sections from my voyage at light speed from the infinite sea of tweets in 2012.

But before that, let me give a definition for tweetures which surely is open for critics and suggestions.

Tweetures are tweets which may include a story, even a great adventure inside, in just a few words.

They are reflections from flood of messages. I tried to bring selections from people and tweets in Twitter. Are you included in “My Cyber World 2012”, or do you think you should have been included?

Like Ali’s Adventures, tweetures has a connection with personal adventures but in a wider concept.

Tweetures are creatures living in a cyber world to tell stories once they are born with a single tweet. Being lost in a sea full of tweetures can be a kind of torture. They are adventures lived in a cyber world to tell stories once they are born with a single tweet. Stories based on actual tweeets, on the discussions they initiated, on the interaction and collision of different views, on the feelings they triggered in the minds and lives of the participants.

Tweetures are a collection of tweets which may include stories, even great adventures inside, in just a few words. Not all, but selected sequences of the below tweets can be read as tweetures. ….

Special Tweetures


Ali Luke, @aliventures 18 Jun @mehmetarat2000 Not sure how often I’d want to do that, personally, but fair point..!


Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000 12 Jun @Porter_Anderson @mehmetarat2000 @NathanBransford Thanks. I wish I could do that. ….


Porter Anderson, @Porter_Anderson 11 Jun

@mehmetarat2000 Very well put (by you an d by @NathanBransford), indeed. ….

Porter Anderson, @Porter_Anderson 10 Jun @mehmetarat2000 Many good guides out there on dialogue writing, though. Keep at it. Bests with your work. @NathanBransford


aallemanwrites(authorArleenAllemann) Arleen Alleman, @aallemanwrites 28 May @mehmetarat2000 Fortunately, we all have only to manage our own events, do our best, and hope others do the same.

…. RaravisHq(fafc24e4c3b47692566f8137a5fcc6a1) Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 26 Apr #FF @futilefragments @salwahafiz @streamslip @futilefragments @mehmetarat2000 @Kotonosato @MigrantsMRC Expand Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 11 Jan @mehmetarat2000 Pleasure M. Happy weekend. ….

CloudRider(Nick-Moody1_2) Nick Cook, @CloudRiders 8 Jan @mehmetarat2000 it helps … it really helps. :0) ….

goodinaroom(StephaniePalmer-9okdy826s8ngnmc7djes) Stephanie Palmer, @goodinaroom 31 Dec @mehmetarat2000 Thanks so much. A happy and prosperous New Year to you too! ….

jesskristie(Butterfly-5c6404a742f4af0cdaf5fbeb18e2924c) Butterfly, @jesskristie 31 Dec @mehmetarat2000 Thank you, you too! 🙂 ….

KMWeiland K.M. Weiland, @KMWeiland 31 Dec @mehmetarat2000 Same to you! ….

RaravisHq(fafc24e4c3b47692566f8137a5fcc6a1) Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 31 Dec @mehmetarat2000 Thank you so much M. Much love, joy & inspiration to us all in 2013. Many happy returns. T …. StartYourNovel(jut08rh0q8xber5cfriw) Start Your Novel, @StartYourNovel 31 Dec @mehmetarat2000 Thank you! Same to you. …. SilentHistory(fa7e05a64ec31959ce223371bbc6b1b9) The Silent History, @SilentHistory 20 Dec @mehmetarat2000 these devices can distance us from the world, but they can also make us more aware of it, more invested in it. …. The Silent History, @SilentHistory 20 Dec @mehmetarat2000 which is why we’ve imbued these physical spaces with narrative properties – to provoke the contemplation you describe. …. The Silent History, @SilentHistory 20 Dec @mehmetarat2000 agreed. We’re acutely aware of the messy intersection of technology and the physical world. …. aallemanwrites(authorArleenAllemann)

Arleen Alleman, @aallemanwrites 18 Dec

@mehmetarat2000 Yes, I have confidence in the future . . . distant future, that is. …. The Silent History, @SilentHistory 18 Dec @mehmetarat2000 not sure what you mean? Here’s our FAQ: …. Arleen Alleman, @aallemanwrites 17 Dec @mehmetarat2000 I so totally agree. Humans are innately good. But, this lesson is diffic. when many persist in indoctrinating children. …. Arleen Alleman, @aallemanwrites 14 Dec @mehmetarat2000 That would be wonderful, but hasn’t happened in many thousands of years because the basis of their existence is prejudice …. RickChesler(7dcb475156a6863d2d99fbbd3b8dcb23) Rick Chesler, @RickChesler 4 Dec @mehmetarat2000 @douglascorleone Thanks, Mehmetarat. Long live the sun! …. jesskristie(Butterfly-5c6404a742f4af0cdaf5fbeb18e2924c) Butterfly, @jesskristie 4 Dec @mehmetarat2000 Indeed it was. Not something I intended at first but the cause spoke to me. …. StartYourNovel(jut08rh0q8xber5cfriw) Start Your Novel, @StartYourNovel 28 Nov @mehmetarat2000 Thanks for the RT! …. Richard_Bard(photo_shoot_176_crop) Richard Bard, @Richard_Bard 27 Nov @mehmetarat2000 Great to connect with a like-minded soul. …. SaraMegibow(TweetHeadhsot) Sara Megibow, @SaraMegibow 27 Nov @mehmetarat2000 my pleasure! Thanks …. Indy Stories, @IndyStories 22 Nov @mehmetarat2000 Thanks for helping me get the word out about the importance of marketing for #creative pros. Richard_Bard(photo_shoot_176_crop) Richard Bard, @Richard_Bard 15 Nov @mehmetarat2000 As a pilot I lived the thrills personally. As an author I create thrills for everyone else. What could be better? Cheers! …. RaravisHq(fafc24e4c3b47692566f8137a5fcc6a1) Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 12 Nov @mehmetarat2000 Much liked & appreciated.. Expand Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 12 Nov @mehmetarat2000 that’s been fading away on the corner, beside those dusty knick knacks. & thank u 4 sharing yr thoughts & prose. Expand Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 12 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview that’s a beautiful way of putting it! Hope we all remember 2 add a drop of life into that, 2 colorize d sephia …. JaneFriedman(bffa2d220dd684f3fca951d45eec7603) Jane Friedman, @JaneFriedman 12 Nov @mehmetarat2000 Sadly true. …. RaravisHq(fafc24e4c3b47692566f8137a5fcc6a1) Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 9 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview Agreed -to a degree- Have you read anything on #Sarte’s #Bad Faith? …. Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 8 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview I mean pragmatically speaking, that’s an alternative too, no 4 those beyond hope or not-made 4 Sarte? 🙂 …. Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 8 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview borders& rules of insincere adult world also exempts sleepwalkers from any form of hypocritical moral judgement …. Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 8 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview What sort of a mirror do u use, where does yr door open 2, what do u see from yr window?Etc etc..#relativity …. Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 1 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview give her a pencil & a notepad & she’ll stop talking. So I did! It’s a universal fact then, no? Amazing! …. Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 1 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview planet, creating stories& doing voice overs 4 my dolls. The shrink apparently said, she’s got a writer in her …. Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 1 Nov @mehmetarat2000 @parisreview Wow!Absolutely! I tell you this,my mom got me c a shrink when I was just 6 cos I was too wrapped up in my own + …. madhoydenish(TallulahScribblesClipboard02) Tallulah Scribbles, @madhoydenish 30 Oct I believe that there is value in that. But value depends on the reader. So bans will never end @mehmetarat2000 @ALALibrary @aallemanwrites Tallulah Scribbles, @madhoydenish 30 Oct Some extreme deviations lead 2 important discussions that more mundane books wldnt @mehmetarat2000 @ALALibrary @aallemanwrites Tallulah Scribbles, @madhoydenish 30 Oct U run n2 issues w/ ppl banning simply b/c they dont like a book or it makes them uncomfortable @mehmetarat2000 @ALALibrary @aallemanwrites Tallulah Scribbles, @madhoydenish 30 Oct Tough, s. IDK. Who would be qualified to judge? I couldn’t do it. @mehmetarat2000 @ALALibrary @tiki_toki @aallemanwrites …. Fiona Faith Ross, @fionafaithross 23 Oct @mehmetarat2000 True. Someone told me you can tweet instalments. I’ll check it out. (Altho’ Jennifer Egan was 1st to write a tweet-novel) …. aallemanwrites(authorArleenAllemann) Arleen Alleman, @aallemanwrites 19 Oct @mehmetarat2000 @madhoydenish @ALALibrary @tiki_toki No, no book should ever be banned. Where will it end? …. JodyHedkund(jodypic_-_Copy) Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund 19 Oct @mehmetarat2000 Great questions regarding my recent post. I think it’s good for each of us to wrestle thru the blogging issue. …. Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000 19 Oct @mehmetarat2000 @Quotes4Writers @sanajehan Thanks for favorite. …. Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund 18 Oct @mehmetarat2000 Great point about developing the 6th sense! …. RaravisHq(fafc24e4c3b47692566f8137a5fcc6a1) Tara Avis, @RaravisHq 18 Oct @mehmetarat2000 You’re v welcome. It’s been a pleasure. …. ErikaRobuck(1632606178c9dbb679b6cd8028420d08)

Erika Robuck, @ErikaRobuck 18 Oct

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Stephanie Palmer, @goodinaroom 9 Oct

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The following are the tweetures of 2012, latest the first.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 31 Dec I wish a happy and prosperous new year! Let fairies of inspiration be with 2013.

The New Yorker, @NewYorker, 24 Dec, advice to young writers, from Jeffrey Eugenides: #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Dec @NewYorker Kafka after diagnosis: “I have not bought myself off by my writing. I died my whole life and now I will really die.” #writing

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters 27 Dec, Wear your heart on the page, and people will read to find out how you solved being alive. AMY HEMPEL #amwriting #writing #writetip

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 27 Dec “If you speak with passion, many of us will listen…” … #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Dec @AdviceToWriters … and if you have something to tell, they will continue listening. #amwriting #writing #writetip

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 27 Dec “Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.” —Murakami

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Dec @parisreview “I’m not intelligent. I’m not arrogant. I’m just like the people who read my books.” —Murakami #writing #amwriting

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 27 Dec “Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.” —Murakami

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Dec @brainpicker Nothing can resist to change except the change itself. #writing #amwriting

Maria Popova, @brainpicker26 Dec Predictions for the future of journalism in 2013 from some of the finest media minds around

Raphael Salvadore, @ckraya, 26 Dec @brainpicker #flattr will change the game!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Dec Murakami once wondered, “was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?” … #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Dec The New York Review of Books … Perry Link: “Would I personally have chosen Mo Yan?,” #writing #amwriting Why We Should Criticize Mo Yan There is a problem with the arguments made by Mo Yan’s defenders, and that is what the Chinese call *xifangzhongxinzhuyi*. This phrase does not translate easily, so please pardon my awkward rendering…

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Dec Jeffrey Eugenides … “The other trap you might fall into is to start thinking about money.” #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Dec @Litopia Are writers unusual, or is the rest of the world still far from the normal in ideal? … #writing #amwriting

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 19 Dec Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet. ANONYMOUS #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Dec @AdviceToWriters Some of this 97% may need clarification like “getting the most from Internet without being distracted”. #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Dec @AdviceToWriters “You must lurk in libraries” or stuck a screen to catch glitters in vast amount data flowing. #amwriting #writing #writetip

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 20 Dec Quote of the Day, from Ray Bradbury: … #amwriting #writing #writetip

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 18 Dec How should big publishing companies think about their future? @alexcarp_ takes a walk with the makers of @SilentHistory

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Dec @parisreview @alexcarp_ @SilentHistory What is going on? “can only be read at the physical locations where they are set” #writing #amwriting

The Silent History, @SilentHistory, 18 Dec @mehmetarat2000 not sure what you mean? Here’s our FAQ:

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Dec @SilentHistory I also fear we can lose our abilities in the technological details and fast flow of information. Thoughts require silence.

The Silent History, @SilentHistory, 20 Dec @mehmetarat2000 agreed. We’re acutely aware of the messy intersection of technology and the physical world.

The Silent History, @SilentHistory, 20 Dec @mehmetarat2000 which is why we’ve imbued these physical spaces with narrative properties – to provoke the contemplation you describe.

The Silent History, @SilentHistory, 20 Dec @mehmetarat2000 these devices can distance us from the world, but they can also make us more aware of it, more invested in it.

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 18 Dec How should big publishing companies think about their future? @alexcarp_ takes a walk with the makers of @SilentHistory

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Dec @parisreview @alexcarp_ @SilentHistory What is going on? “can only be read at the physical locations where they are set” #writing #amwriting

The Silent History, @SilentHistory, 18 Dec @mehmetarat2000 not sure what you mean? Here’s our FAQ:

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Dec @SilentHistory It is surely interesting and can be the start of a new era. I just can’t imagine how we will adapt to these changes.

Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund, 18 Dec Unleashing the Internal Editor: A Self-Editing Checklist … #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Dec @JodyHedlund Although I don’t like rules and procedures, I know we can’t survive without them. Thanks for sharing. #amwriting #writing

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 18 Dec How should big publishing companies think about their future? @alexcarp_ takes a walk with the makers of @SilentHistory

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Dec @parisreview @alexcarp_ @SilentHistory What is going on? “can only be read at the physical locations where they are set” #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Dec @aallemanwrites Many people care tolerance and understanding. They should find ways to survive and communicate. The rest will come. One day.

Open Culture, @openculture, 17 Dec Jean-Paul Sartre Writes a Script for John Huston’s Film on Freud (1958).

Writer’s Tweets, @iamtheliterati, 17 Dec Freedom and Light: I saw Ravi Shankar at Carnegie Hall in 1966 or 1967. Because of the Beat… #literature #writers

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Dec @aallemanwrites It may be difficult to end prejudice, but individuals can learn or be taught tolerance. I want to believe that.

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 10 Dec Wear your heart on the page, and people will read to find out how you solved being alive. AMY HEMPEL #writing #writetip

Troy Blackford, @TBlackford3, 12 Dec #Writing is the best thing in the world. Lucky to have found a thing like that,that I love and enjoy. I’m no good, but I’m happy! #FunAsHell

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 14 Dec @Bang2write Read, write, re-read, re-write. You can ignore advice, but still read if they are is “good stuff.”

Lucy V Hay, @Bang2write, 14 Dec The best advice I ever got about #writing – and life – was: “Ignore all advice, except the good stuff. You’ll know when you hear it”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 14 Dec @aallemanwrites Interesting call, but I think as a minority, they won’t have much to do. Maybe the others should find new ways of tolerance.

Maria Popova, @brainpicker, 13 Dec “I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” Saul Bass

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 13 Dec @AdviceToWriters The ratio of nice parts are critical. Should not be low as in real, or high to lose reality. #fiction #writing #writetip

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters,13 Dec You can’t write well with only the nice parts of your character, and only about nice things. ALISON LURIE #fiction #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 13 Dec Amelia Earhart … “I must exact a cruel promise and that is you will let me go in a year if we find no happiness together”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 13 Dec Via @nprbooks: Oprah’s Second Pick: A First-Time Novelist #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 13 Dec “Being a good writer has everything to do with telling a truth about what it means to be a human being.” Ayana Mathis

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 13 Dec The winds of luck flow towards work and talent. #writing #amwriting Buzz Over Ayana Mathis’s ‘Twelve Tribes of Hattie’

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Dec “Women do ask for more. They just aren’t rewarded for it.” @wordpressdotcom aracılığıyla

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Dec @parisreview “…if you were in our position, would you allow your books? Hammett: If I were you, Senator, I would not allow any libraries.”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Dec @guardian @guardianmusic Spice Girls was announced to be best in centuries. This was one of the critical moments I decided writing 2000+X.

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 11 Dec I spent the morning putting in a comma and the afternoon removing it. GUSTAVE FLAUBERT #amwriting #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Dec @AdviceToWriters A comma will probably not change the world, but it can change the entire paragraph, and the entire book if it is critical.

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 11 Dec “I don’t know what survives and what doesn’t. Like everybody else, I hope I will survive.” —Lillian Hellman

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Dec @parisreview “So few people fought, so few people spoke out. I think I was more surprised by that than I was by McCarthy.” -Hellman #writing

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 11 Dec “A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.” Joseph Conrad

Rachelle Gardner, @RachelleGardner, 11 Dec 5 Habits of Highly Motivated Novelists – check out this terrific infographic from Rescue Time!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Dec @Kekris White has a potential of black when it loses all its light. The point is making your light brighter, isn’t it? #writing #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 10 Dec @openculture Thank you for sharing. “Charles Bukowski, Nirvana, a poem about a lost young man” #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 10 Dec Kafka’s Mice, and Other News via @parisreview Ray Bradbury intersection in L.A. library, erotic writing workshop

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 10 Dec @goodreads Best books are not “best” for everybody. But lists are useful and can form a good starting point. #amwriting #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 10 Dec Announcing the best books of 2012! Check out the #GoodreadsChoice Award winners in 20 categories: … via @goodreads

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @marthaEHaynes Yes, there are brain muscles, getting stronger as the mind plays imagination games.

Worldwide Freelance, @WWFreelance, 30 Nov “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ~ Thomas Mann #writing #writetip

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 30 Nov Never be ashamed or frightened of your truth. Whatever it takes, you must find the courage to tell it. GARY HENDERSON #amwriting #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @AdviceToWriters This can’t be a general argument. Mortals are not rich enough to pay all penalties. We must decide when and where to tell.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @Quotes4Writers If words are coming continuously out from your mouth, you either don’t know what you are talking or have something to hide.

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 7 Dec “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

Paulo Coelho, @paulocoelho, 7 Dec The world has a soul, and whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of many things #TheAlchemist

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @paulocoelho The world has a beautiful voice. If we succeed to stop shouting for a moment, we will be able to hear the wonderful song.

The Guardian, @guardian, 7 Dec Writers’ favourite classic book illustrations – in pictures via @GuardianBooks

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @PenguinUKBooks @refugeecouncil OK. works. “His student activism led him to lose his place at University …”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @paulocoelho I exist when I feel and share the nature with equal rights.

Paulo Coelho, @paulocoelho7 Dec I share, therefore I am

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 7 Dec @Quotes4Writers Voices are not the same when people talk & sing. All can communicate, but voices are different in writing too. #writing

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 7 Dec “I believe that writing, like conversation, is a basic form of human communication rather than the property of a gifted few.” Dr H Lerner

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec @AdviceToWriters But this work can bring best moments of your life while writing and reading what you wrote before. #thedogateit #writing

Alex Myers, @Alex_Austin, 5 Dec “When we read and write, we become superheroes, sports stars, mermaids, angels, grown-ups, and crazy creatures.” #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec @Alex_Austin Our power is to continue living in a world far from the ideal in our minds when we close the book or stop writing. @amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec @nprbooks Historical fiction for today, literature for future.

NPR Books, @nprbooks, 6 Dec Time Passages: The Year’s Best Historical Fiction

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec @Quotes4Writers But luckily not 100 % misreading. #amwriting #writing

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 6 Dec “All reading is misreading.” J Hillis Miller

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec @andypiper Sounds like an advertisement, but I agree. Although I am a new user, I find WordPress quite reliable and user friendly. #lewebwp

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec “Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?” … Kathryn Schulz’s Top 10 Books of 2012 … #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec “The Violin: A Social History of …” and others. Books to Watch Out For: December (And a Few We Missed in November)

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec Why do we write? To share and to be understood comes first among all others. 10 Best Books of 2012 … #writing #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 5 Dec @KirkusReviews Would it be possible to write fiction if there were no nonfiction books? #writing #amwriting

Kirkus Reviews, @KirkusReviews, 5 Dec Best Nonfiction Books of 2012 – Kirkus’ Weekly Newsletter!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 5 Dec @jesskristie Writers can’t stop before completing they have in their minds. Your’s is different, needing deep information from real life.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 5 Dec @RickChesler @douglascorleone It surely will live longer than petroleum. Thanks for sharing.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 5 Dec @roxanamjones … we may have the same problem with contemporary medicine which is good at diagnosis but not so good at healing.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 5 Dec @roxanamjones “We as a society are ill, very ill, our disease is called lack of love.” This can be true but…

K.M. Weiland, @KMWeiland, 26 Nov “There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair.”?Haruki Murakami #amwriting

Jonathan Gunson, @JonathanGunson, 4 Dec Secret door sign for Authors #AmWriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Dec @douglascorleone @RickChesler The sun was always important. Harvesting the sun in an ocean island is an interesting idea. Reminds petroleum.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Dec @jesskristie Difficult subject for a first novel. (Barbed-Wire Butterflies – human trafficking and a young girl’s struggle to find freedom)

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Dec @CoraimaMela @paulocoelho Thanks. Really cute. Chele, @AdorameMujer, 3 Dec @paulocoelho I’m addicted I can’t lie. I’m loving it.

christinerose, @christinerose, 29 Nov Blog: “Online Vs. Paper Publishing” – Guest Post by Anthony Garcia

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov @StartYourNovel “I want to be an individual.” — John Carpenter #amwriting #writing #monsters Start Your Novel, @StartYourNovel, 21 Nov What can John Carpenter teach you about writing? … #amwriting about #monsters, desire, and conquering fear

Writer’s Digest, @WritersDigest, 28 Nov Why Bold Writing Will Get You Published #1 of Trebor Healey’s 7 great pieces of writing advice.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov @WritersDigest Yes, courage. With many risks. It is very hard to be satisfied with what you wrote. It is impossible to write for everybody.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov The Best Art Books of 2012

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov Big publishers entering self-publishing with packages from $1,599 to $24,999! Nothing may be the same from now on.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov 100 Notable Books of 2012

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov Can a single person be the full owner of a theory? Revolutionary Theory ‘Darwin’s Ghosts,’ by Rebecca Stott

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov Reminds authors without readers in a world where all people are writing: ‘Gods Without Men,’ by Hari Kunzru:

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Nov Why does Twitter exist?To share questions and answers like this: The Basic Question ‘Why Does the World Exist?’Jim Holt

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Nov @AdviceToWriters Don’t write what you know or don’t know. It will be either dull or nonsense. Find another way #amwriting #writing #writetip

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 19 Nov Don’t Write What You Know … #amwriting #writing #writetip

K.M. Weiland, @KMWeiland, 23 Nov “I write for the same reason I breathe … because if I didn’t, I would die.”?Isaac Asimov #amwriting

Maria Popova, @brainpicker, 27 Nov Natural Histories – 500 years of rare science illustrations from the @AMNH archives

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Nov 10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Author Website or Blog … via @janefriedman

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Nov @SaraMegibow A book battle? Seems interesting. Love vs death? Seems more interesting! Thank you for sharing.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Nov @jasonpinter I was not aware they all inspired games. Would not be a big surprise though, seeing popular games inspired by them.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Nov @SaraMegibow @ashlyn_mac Yes, you can! You have everything to finish it today. Just keep calm and do not forget to breath. We are with you.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 27 Nov @Richard_Bard Being alive is a gift. Living doing what you really want is much more than that. I agree, what can be better?

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 22 Nov Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. NORA EPHRON #amwriting #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Nov The Globe’s top 29 picks for international fiction of 2012

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Nov Books of the year 2012: authors choose their favourites via @guardian

David Gutowski, @largeheartedboy, 15 Nov Literary Agent: Authors Don’t Need Middlemen, They Need Partners #amwriting via @techdirt & @TimCushing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 22 Nov @largeheartedboy @techdirt @TimCushing Change is very fast, members not finding new ways will not be useful and leave the stage. #amwriting

The Guardian, @guardian, 22 Nov Self-published stories: How A Family Affair went wrong – @AlisonFlood reviews what’s out there

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 16 Nov PRITCHETT:”But a novel is like an enormous tree with so many branches going off from it in all directions.” #amwriting #writing @parisreview

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 16 Nov @Author_Carmen Authors can’t bear imperfections of life while clearly seeing the perfect world created in their minds. #AmWriting #MyWana

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 15 Nov The purpose of writing is to make your mother and father drop dead with shame. J. P. DONLEAVY #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 16 Nov @AdviceToWriters The result can be different shames, but I don’t think this is a must to reach the target. #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 16 Nov @parisreview “The great thing about the short story is the detail, not the plot.” says Pritchett. I think novels with detail are great too.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 16 Nov @parisreview He was probably born too early to write novels. In today’s trend,number of novelists may catch readers at a predictable future.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 16 Nov @ErikaRobuck @Brendacopeland I was thinking just the opposite. Everybody knows hundreds of secrets but cannot decide which ones to apply!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 15 Nov @Richard_Bard Second chances can be new lives. I wonder if you miss thrills of flying or you find more thrills in writing. Nice to know you.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 14 Nov @paulocoelho Congratulations for #5. I wonder what the 65 millions who have read “The Alchemist” are doing now. #writing #amwriting

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 11 Nov Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 13 Nov @AdviceToWriters Or like hitting on the floor with your foot when you don’t know what to tell to express your anger. #writing #writetip

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 6 Nov Click these hashtags to find other writers: #NaNoWriMo #writing #reading #writer #writers (For more tags: ) Unbridled Books, @unbridledbooks, 5 Nov “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.” —Ray Bradbury #NaNoWriMo #amwriting #cheeringforyou

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 13 Nov “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Nov @AdviceToWriters I wish there were ways to transform thinking directly to writing. It is tedious to catch the speed of thoughts. #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Nov @40kBooks Not sure if the recipe will work, but it is absolutely informative and has an impressive artistic graphic effect.

Jon Winokur ,@AdviceToWriters, 11 Nov Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don’t write them down. W.P. KINSELLA #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Nov @AdviceToWriters #amwriting #writing #writetip I can’t imagine a life which is not interesting.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Nov @JaneFriedman @instagram We will soon need a management software for pages on different media. Then a manager for the management software.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Nov @RaravisHq @parisreview Not particularly. I know there are numerous alternatives to survive in difficult inner and outer worlds.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Nov @JaneFriedman I feel a more professional target in LinkedIn. But what are the consequences of that? I don’t know.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Nov @JaneFriedman I was always confused about why there are so many social networks and what are their distinctive features.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Nov @RaravisHq @parisreview I think there is a very strong border between what an adult really wants and he or she actually does, or has to do.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 8 Nov @RaravisHq @parisreview Children expressing themselves without any limits are normal, but are borders and rules of insincere adult world so?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 8 Nov @AdviceToWriters When I start before I have everything in my mind, writing becomes a pain for me.

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 6 Nov If I waited until I felt like writing, I’d never write at all. ANNE TYLER #amwriting #writing #writetip UpSearch SocialMedia, @UpSearchSocial, 7 Nov * Google Have Big Plans for Authorship- You Should Too | @socialmedia2day

Carol Wiley, @CarolWiley, 7 Nov 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes | LitReactor … via @litreactor

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 8 Nov @Alex_Austin #amwriting #mywana Beginning to work consistently on something you love before it’s too late should eventually lead to success.

Alex Myers @Alex_Austin8 Nov It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. #amwriting #mywana The Paris Review, @parisreview, 6 Nov “Writers are extremely lucky if even one of their novels survives into the future.” —Dennis Cooper

WordsWithoutBorders, @wwborders, 6 Nov A new Dispatch, “Friendship is a religion,” by Geoff Wisner: #BenJelloun #French #Arabic

Maria Popova, @brainpicker, 6 Nov “When a writer omits things he does not know, they show like holes in his writing.” Hemingway

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 1 Nov “There’s immense hesitation before writing the first word. So much depends on it.” — Alan Hollinghurst

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov @parisreview Hollinghurst: “I think being an only child created in me a degree of self-reliance, which I’m glad of. ” Can this be true?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov @JaneFriedman @brianoleary @Porter_Anderson I really wonder the publishers, agents, authors, and readers in the future.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov @fionafaithross Jennifer Egan twitter stories like this one?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov @fionafaithross Installments for reading pleasure? For appearance or for content?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov @madhoydenish @ALALibrary @aallemanwrites I think banning can be banned, but warnings on covers for critical content can be necessary.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov Grapefruit: Yoko Ono’s Poems, Drawings, and Instructions for Life | Brain Pickings … via @brainpicker

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 1 Nov Some Notes on the Novella … via @NewYorker

randomhouse, @randomhouse, 19 Oct “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” John Le Carre (Born 10.19.31) #quotes #amwriting

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 20 Oct “If you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would…” … #amwriting #writing

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 23 Oct Twitter’s Fiction Festival! … It is probably possible to write a very short story. But can a 140 chars story be enjoyed?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 23 Oct @fionafaithross It is probably possible to write a very short story. But I am not sure how a 140 chars story will be enjoyed while reading.

Fiona Faith Ross, @fionafaithross, 23 Oct Twitter Fiction Festival. Can you write a story in 140 chars? #amwriting #twitterfiction

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 23 Oct “In order to write about life, first you must live it!” Ernest Hemingway

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 23 Oct @Quotes4Writers When can we say we lived our lives? Can we say we will remember our lives after we live, and they will still have a meaning?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 23 Oct @JodyHedlund The brain sense seems to be important for integrating all the results of our conception in our minds and works.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 23 Oct @aallemanwrites @madhoydenish @ALALibrary @tiki_toki Where will it end? It may not end. Replies to thoughts should be given with thoughts.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct @madhoydenish @ALALibrary @tiki_toki Should banning of books be banned? Or will there always be some extreme deviations to be regulated?

Tallulah Scribbles, @madhoydenish, 19 Oct Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature @ALALibrary (Timeline powered by @tiki_toki)

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct @JodyHedlund Thanks. It can be a very special connection between the writer and the reader.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct 12 Conduct Rules for Women from Rural Spain | Brain Pickings … via @brainpicker (1943) What can be the rules for 2043?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct Will she win the third with the third book of the trilogy? – Hilary Mantel Wins a Second Booker Prize

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct Hilary Mantel Wins a Second Booker Prize

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct Do Agents and Editors Expect Novelists to Blog?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct @JodyHedlund “250,000 contacts?” as Dave asked. Should a blog be interactive providing direct communication? Can 500 be better when active?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 19 Oct @JodyHedlund I think the key is the balance of “quality and saleability” as Rachelle said. All others may help when there is a strong base.

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 10 Oct Quote of the Day, from Doris Lessing: #amwriting #writing #writetip

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 11 Oct Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P.D. JAMES #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @AdviceToWriters One day your readers may find you. If that day is not in your lifetime, learn to feel the future.

Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund, 12 Oct Some tips for using the 5 senses more strategically within our stories: … #amwriting

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @JodyHedlund Can be a good source for building a 6th sense for the reader. Or the “Brain Sense” to be included in the text.

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 17 Oct Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it. ZADIE SMITH #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @AdviceToWriters Key should be the length of decent space. Long enough to look from another view, short enough not to forget where you are.

christinerose, @christinerose, 18 Oct Blog: “Four Steps to Twitter Success”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @christinerose Guidelines for success in a fast changing environment. Very difficult to keep up to date, but still useful.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @ErikaRobuck I hope you enjoy being there and sharing your emotion thorough your words.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @Quotes4Writers Yes, the words we select are important. They build us, define who we are, how we look at the future, and whom we will be.

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 18 Oct 10 Words to Live By: positivity, patience, courage, love, truth, confessin, appreciatn, rspnsblty, growth, persistence.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Oct @RaravisHq @parisreview Yes, it is interesting to note that the same words may have different meanings when spoken or written by others.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Oct @mer_barnes A surprise notice, I guess. But I don’t think most writers have psychiatric issues. They probably feel better when they write.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Oct @RaravisHq @parisreview I think summaries, short conclusions, direct referrals reach target easier and generally preferred and highlighted.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Oct @mer_barnes Writers see their inner and outer worlds better. Is this because they have psychiatric issues, or they have them since they see?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @HuffPostBooks Really brief and amazing.

HuffPost Books, @HuffPostBooks, 6 Oct It’s the final day of Banned Books Week. Have you seen our amazing infographic? ncacensorship, @ncacensorship, 12 Oct #bannedbooksweek is over, but #censorship still continues. Keep reading, viewing, and listening to challenged materials

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @Alex_Austin Short is good. Unless long is a must.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @JaneFriedman @ygoldlove @plympton Again an interesting post! The attempt seems to be interesting and important.Left a longer comment there.

Elaine Whitesides, @ewhitesides, 12 Oct @WritersDigest Writing is like breathing – sometimes shallow, sometimes natural, sometimes laborious – but always necessary!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @WritersDigest “I write because I have a belief in the immortality of libraries, and in the way my books sit on the shelf.” Pamuk

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @WritersDigest “I write because I believe in literature, in the art of the novel, more than I believe in anything else.” Pamuk

Writer’s Digest, @WritersDigest, 12 Oct ‘Why I Write’ – One of the Best Things We’ve Read All Week (plus, a giveaway!)

The Paris Review, @parisreview, 12 Oct Great dialogue is very difficult to invent. Almost all great books have actual people in them. -James Salter

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000,12 Oct @parisreview “Because all this is going to vanish. The only thing left will be the prose and poems, the books, what is written down.” Salter

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @parisreview SALTER: Hemingway “He’s a powerful writer, but personally, I find his character distasteful.” Henry Miller: “Glorious writer.”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @KMWeiland What if WWI poets wrote during WWII?Maybe a conclusion of specific experience, time and location,what feeds and defines the work.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Oct @KMWeiland @Porter_Anderson @TinaCadwallader @cchalliwell @EricStoffle @VinaMist @RSakaiIrvine @EMCastellan You are welcome!

TheReelist, @TheReelist, 11 Oct In honor of Banned Books Week, @pajiba counts down the best films based on censored books

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Oct @KMWeiland A very poetic expression with a critical question: “What is a good poem that the world will never be the same after being added?”

K.M. Weilan,d @KMWeiland, 10 Oct “A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.”-Dylan Thomas #amwriting The Guardian, @guardian, 11 Oct Nobel prize in literature: who will win? via @guardianbooks

Paulo Coelho, @paulocoelho, 11 Oct To live is to experience, and not to sit around pondering the meaning of life

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Oct @paulocoelho Experiencing the routes opened by the meaning of life discovered personally by each individual can be living completely.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Oct @ErikaRobuck @histnovsoc @guardian Interesting data. Thanks a lot. This is like the visibility of the one under spotlight I guess.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Oct @aliventures I agree it is a very good advice. Simple and straight is best unless an indirect way (like Aesop language) is necessary.Thanks.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 10 Oct @aliventures True in most cases but I think there are exceptions, when there is an obstacle or when the path itself is not straight.

Ali Luke, @aliventures, 10 Oct “I write as straight as I can, just as I walk as straight as I can, because that is the best way to get there.” – H.G. Wells Giuseppe Granieri, @gg, 10 Oct Science fiction is a global language describing our shared future | @damiengwalter

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Oct @brainpicker Amazing, but not sure I would like to be there. Enjoying the animation is almost perfect. Open Culture, @openculture, 8 Oct RT @nprnews: A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Oct @goodinaroom I think the first one is really important. Not to show the value of the work to others,but to understand what it means for you.

Stephanie Palmer, @goodinaroom, 28 Aug NEW: 11 Ways To Write Faster

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Oct @napoLeondynomyt @PenguinUKBooks Colors of life are good like sharing thoughts.Maybe we’ll evolve to handle too many colors flowing around.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 9 Oct @Mrs_S_B @PenguinUKBooks Seems different.(‘what light from yonder box does glow, moving images doth it show. The devils work it surely be’)

Penguin Classics, @PenguinClassics28 Sep 10 once-banned Penguin Classics to kick off #BannedBooksWeek next week. What would you add? @BannedbooksWeek

randomhouse, @randomhouse, 2 Oct “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”–Oscar Wilde #bannedbooks

NY Public Library, @nyp, l4 Oct 1984? Catcher in the Rye? Grapes of Wrath? Celebrate Banned Books Week! Schwarzman Building – 1:15PM #programs

Jess Petrella, @jesspetrella, 3 Oct My poster in spirit of banned books week cc: @thebooksluts @MargaretAtwood @brainpicker

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct #bannedbooksweek One week will not be enough to ban all the books. To read all the banned books as well! Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other .s on Censorship | Brain Pickings … via @brainpicker

Sterling Publishing, @SterlingBooks, 30 Sep Some books leave us free and some books make us free. – Emerson via @ALALibrary #bannedbooksweek

Sterling Publishing, @SterlingBooks, 4 Oct This book won a Newbery Medal in 1963 and sold has sold over 10 million copies, but… #bannedbooksweek

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @philo_quotes This is normal,isn’t it?One can think while not talking,but not easy to think deeply while talking. So content must be ready.

Arts & Letters Daily, @aldaily, 4 Oct The world’s worst words. How did they get that way? Overuse, mostly. Here’s the thing: Resistance is futile.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @aldaily Which one should have more to say on language? Linguistics of semantics?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @A_T_G_N_W_T @PenguinUKBooks Fiendish visions… Ruthless, intelligent, devilish or more? Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @DomDark451 @PenguinUKBooks Not for the technology or tool (television) itself, but for the way of utilization maybe.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @napoLeondynomyt @PenguinUKBooks Meaning you lose everything among colors? Including your thoughts and colors themselves?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @Mrs_S_B @PenguinUKBooks Isn’t it too straight forward for him?

Penguin Books UK @PenguinUKBooks, 4 Oct Today’s #ShakespeareObject is the television. We think Shakespeare might have called it a “brain tickler”. Too generous? What do you think?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 4 Oct @PenguinUKBooks A brain tickler, not a dumb box then! But maybe not too generous. Like all techs, television has a potential to give more.

Margaret E. Atwood, @MargaretAtwood, 3 Oct Congratulations to the Giller Prize shortlist authors!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 2 Oct @40kBooks @sfsignal Do completed stories lack depth since unknowns are lost? 40k, @40kBooks, 2 Oct #amWriting: Three Ways to End a Horror Story | @SFSignal

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Sep @wwborders Reading a work opens a new world. Translation creates similar ideas in your world. Words remove borders as worlds connect.

WordsWithoutBorders, @wwborders, 27 Sep A new Dispatch, “Translation Roundup”, by Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren: #Translation #News

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 28 Sep @JaneFriedman @Bougie I agree and believe less is more. But what is behind success of large volume books? Maybe they have much more inside.

Paulo Coelho, @paulocoelho, 28 Sep We are what we do, and not what we think we must do

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Sep Computer Aided Literature via @wordpressdotcom

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 26 Sep

@AuthorAnswers I think we will need book covers of different forms even in e-books, as long as we have to choose one among many.

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 25 Sep A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. THOMAS MANN (via @AdviceToWriters)

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 24 Sep “Write what should not be forgotten…” Isabel Allende … (via …)

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 24 Sep @Quotes4Writers If what should not be forgotten for you should also not be forgotten in the future, what you write will be classical.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 24 Sep @AuthorAnswers Fake reviews are not ethical, but considering them a crime would be another mistake. Classification of reviews can be fine.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 24 Sep @Quotes4Writers Words make thinking possible. Writing makes ideas permanent.

Retweets for Writers, @Retweets4Writer, 24 Sep “Writing is thinking made visible. As writing is visible it allows people to work together in a complex intellectual space.” S A Bernhardt

40k, @40kBooks, 21 Sep #amWriting: Writing Blogs as an Alternative to Writing Books

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 21 Sep @40kBooks It may be quite difficult to keep blogs and books apart after a while. How long after? We still need time to see.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 21 Sep @aallemanwrites @PageOneLitER “I soon realized there was a very real world issue with crime on cruise ships” Does this refer to real facts?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 21 Sep My answer: Youth! One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful: via @youtube

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 19 Sep The Writer Must Be A Psychologist: #amwriting #writing #writetip

Arts & Letters Daily, @aldaily, 20 Sep Our social interactions make us who we are, and they can make us sick.

NPR Books, @nprbooks, 20 Sep A Leap Of The Imagination Across The ‘River Of Bees’

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Sep @JaneFriedman Are you there? Really?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Sep @ErikaRobuck @beachbum2199 Congratulations. Seems Hemingway’s girl coming into life in minds.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Sep @matthewteller Agonies of sons and daughters of nature are increasing. Hope it will not end with the unstoppable agony of the world.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Sep @AdviceToWriters I can add sleeping and swimming, although the second will probably not be practicable when the problem in writing occurs.

Jon Winokur, @AdviceToWriters, 20 Sep A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk. HELEN DUNMORE #amwriting #writing #writetip

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Sep As writers and readers get faster, keywords are sufficient for a story. Computer Aided Literature via @wordpressdotcom

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 20 Sep If we look at the future, we can see the Homer and Shakespeare of tomorrow. Literature for Future via @wordpressdotcom

Open Culture, @openculture, 18 Sep Two Vintage Films by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel: Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’Or.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Sep @aldaily Or providing means to find “new and compelling ways of telling one another the stories our species seems”?

Arts & Letters Daily, @aldaily,18 Sep Is digital self-publishing the beginning of the end of literature, of works that endure over time?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 18 Sep @Richard_Bard Thank you for following me. Hope to keep in touch. You can find more in wordpress.

Open Culture, @openculture, 16 Sep Rare Recording: Leo Tolstoy Reads From His Last Major Work in Four Languages, 1909.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Sep Anxiety: On Being Nothing “… learning to orbit, being the world’s audience instead of demanding the world be mine.”

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Sep @JaneFriedman @brianjaystanley @nytimes True. Desire for affirmation is human character, and writers can be “human” even “at light speed”.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Sep @myconfusedface If war is never the answer, why are there so many mistakes and bloody responses of blind and deaf hearts?

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Sep @JimBrownBooks True. The next can be they have Tuesday after if one can be patient enough. And Friday after several days!

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 17 Sep @PenguinUKBooks “… ‘a textbook for the future’ – one that brings to light inspiring ideas for positive change”,,9781846146985,00.html …

Penguin Books UK, @PenguinUKBooks, 17 Sep It’s the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street today. RT your support. The book, Meme Wars, is out 13th Nov: #ows

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 14 Sep 2012 shortlist announced

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Sep @JaneFriedman Seems to be an interesting project. Thanks.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Sep @clarebalding1 Congratulations. Enjoy the moment. This should be the best period. Good luck for the next.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 12 Sep @mer_barnes If there is no change in your setup information, it can be due to a temporary problem in the service provider.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @AuthorAnswers Probably not. If they were, the biggest companies would not offer free books. There may be unexpected consequences though.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks Thank you for sharing the brief introductions of the Booker prize shortlist 2012

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks “Amid “the stillness of the mountains” and “the depth of the silence”, a story slowly unfolds.

Mehmet Arat, @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks “A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella. ”

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks “The plot is simple yet impossible to summarise. Futh reflects on early trips he took with…”

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks “Now comes the aptly titled Bring Up the Bodies, which picks up the body parts where …”

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks “Levy’s writing combines linguistic virtuosity, technical brilliance and a strong sense of …”

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks “In Rashid’s opium room the air is thick with voices and ghosts: Hindu, Muslim, Christian.”

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks Thank you for sharing the brief introduction of the Booker prize shortlist 2012 …

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @NicholeBernier @vintagebooks @GuardianBooks Thanks for the valuable collection of information.

Nichole Bernier @NicholeBernier, 11 Sep The Booker Prize shortlist is out : via @vintagebooks and @GuardianBooks

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Sep @paulocoelho Beginning is happiness, end is sorrow, true. But wouldn’t first days become boring if we start living them every day?

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 11 Sep Why is there a surge in memoir? Is it a good thing? by @shirleyhs

Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 9 Sep Why emotional excess is essential to writing & creativity: … | @brainpicker

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Sep @philo_quotes A child is not bound with prejudgments and benefits, does not have predetermined ways of understanding the world.

Philosophers quotes @philo_quotes, 9 Sep There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men. ~ John Locke

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Sep @CathyPresland Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Sep @Janeth_Fialho Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Sep @WoahRelatable Maybe after some time, a way for Internet funerals shall be found after the ones leaving a platform, like made in real life.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Sep @jonnygeller One should wonder why they all deal with such a hard task. Probably readers are the luckiest when the books they find are good.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Sep @AuthorAnswers The change is really too fast. I really wonder the next generation of authors. The capabilities are competing with risks.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Sep @ErikaRobuck @jennbookshelves @janetsomerville @wordsxo @bermudaonion @BethFishReads @ReneeRosen1 @LitHousewife Sorry, what is this #FF?

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Sep @parisreview But writing teaches writing. -John McPhee

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Sep @TheRedAlert @parisreview I agree nowadays it is not possible to concentrate on anything longer than several seconds unless you are there.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Sep @TEDchris A very fast change. I am almost sure for 10 years later but have no idea about the next century.

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Sep @RefinageNilk Internitis? Is that a technical name for Internet addiction?

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Sep @40kBooks Publishing is a business. Writing is freedom. Passing the narrow bridge between writing and publishing? It is another story. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 4 Sep @JaneFriedman Seems to be a really good source. Was there an answer for how to handle supply and demand paradox in today’s world?

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 4 Sep @melissaklug @ErikaRobuck It is nice to hear about Gutenberg girls and “One thing we do know: print isn’t dead” in the digital era. Thanks.

Open Culture @openculture, 3 Sep 40 Great Filmmakers Go Old School, Shoot Short Films with 100 Year Old Camera. Watch:

Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 4 Sep For everyone who has ever missed a deadline…

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 4 Sep @WoahRelatable Is it possible to be immortal in Internet through a powerful software?Not now, but who knows the future?

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 4 Sep @RefinageNilk One needs to be careful on that. They say it can be one of the symptoms of Internet addiction!

Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 4 Sep @dsaranti Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 3 Sep @guardian @guardianmoney Digital rights management seems to be a very complex topic, it will probably be more complex tomorrow.


Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 29 Aug @paulocoelho @inannie83 This is cute, imagining dogs repeating each other, but I still believe human re-tweet is a bit different. Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho, 29 Aug Great! RT @inannie83 Neighbor’s dog must be very popular.. every time he barks, the other dogs RT him… Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 29 Aug @pharr2 Friend to one? Is it possible? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Aug @SaraMegibow @MirandaKennealy Or silly me, searching a book named Victory Dance. Anyway, can it be a title for long story of a new author? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Aug @SaraMegibow @MirandaKennealy Congratulations again. I believe positive reviews are the best awards for all. NPR Books @nprbooks, 24 Aug ‘Incognito’: What’s Hiding In The Unconscious Mind Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Aug @RachelleGardner I am not a frequent blog reader, but reduced schedules may be better, like magazines having advantages over newspapers. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Aug @SaraMegibow @MirandaKennealy At first, I searched a book title “victory glance”. Student-teacher romance is difficult. Congratulations! Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 23 Aug The beauty of literature. Discover your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely & isolated from anyone. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Aug Computer Aided Literature via @wordpressdotcom View photo Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Aug @AuthorAnswers The style depends on the purpose I think, if not chosen by mistake. Margo Candela @AuthorAnswers, 22 Aug Tips on negative-review etiquette, Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Aug @ErikaRobuck I believe it is. Is “something dreadful seems to happen to Hemingway as soon as he begins to write in the first person” true? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 Aug @ErikaRobuck Interesting title. Shores remind some critical edges and light infinity. Reminds thoughts trying to find a solid base in space. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 Aug @RachelleGardner Thank you for sharing, it was more than fun. I left a comment for the one about worst moments and money. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 16 Aug @TBlackford3 Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress. (At least in the future!) … Philosophers quotes @philo_quotes, 14 Aug Every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death. ~ Schopenhauer Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Aug @philo_quotes No one is yet sure about the life after death, but every one well knows the life after sleep, the dreams… The Paris Review @parisreview, 13 Aug I don’t believe that a reviewer or a critic can really criticize well unless he can praise well. –James Dickey Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Aug @parisreview Dickey for Plath:”She’s just someone who killed herself out of literary desperation” Isn’t it too tough? … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Aug @parisreview Not sure which way is more correct, criticize unless praise like said, or the opposite: praise well unless criticize well. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Aug @openculture Books are the dreams created by the writer. When dreams at sleep are understood, secrets of creativity can be seen better. Open Culture @openculture13 Aug The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Aug @JaneFriedman Hi Jane. I think there is a problem with the link. Although probably I don’t need any advice for now,I would just have a look. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Aug @philo_quotes I think this is beyond philosophy in today’s world. Medicine decrease diseases in general, although not valid for all cases. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Aug @Gabby_Mendoza17 Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress. (At least in the future!) … Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman10 Aug I’m quoted on the Drinking Diaries blog today! 6 Reasons Why Women Like to Drink: via @Leaheps Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Aug @JaneFriedman @Leaheps Increasing reasons for drinking is dangerous. Both for men and women.One reason,for a break and fun should be enough. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Aug @parisreview “All writers feel struck by the limitations of language. All serious writers.” Margaret Atwood … The Paris Review @parisreview10 Aug Striptease has become less interesting since they did away with the costumes. It’s become Newtonian. –Margaret Atwood Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Aug @AndyStraka Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 3 Aug @ErikaRobuck Should be wonderful! Does her show also have a music? I haven’t watched anything except few moments of the opening ceremony. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 3 Aug @CathyPresland Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Aug Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Aug Literature for Future via @wordpressdotcom Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Aug @JaneFriedman @rgay Interesting hints for men also. I think like poles push each other so there is more competition within the same gender. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 1 Aug 125 famous authors collectively vote on the 100 greatest books of all time (via @brainpicker) Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 2 Aug What does a dispute among the muses have to do with empathy? Elaine Scarry explains… Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Aug @aldaily Are afterlife and immortality used in the same meaning? I feel like afterlife can be valid for mortals.


Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 31 Jul @AdviceToWriters I think this may not be a good comparison, like saying an a 100 meters athlete runs much faster than a marathon runner. Open Culture @openculture, 31 Jul Charles Bukowski: Depression and Three Days in Bed Can Restore Your Creative Juices (NSFW). Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 31 Jul @willhanschell Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Jul @JodyHedlund Depends how we define success. For me value in writing is the first, dissemination comes after.Social media can help both. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 18 Jul A translation from the center: 14 • metaphor by Chen Yuhong – Poems – Poetry Translation Centre: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 18 Jul @PoetryTranslate Is it possible to translate poetry? Maybe not. But a translation can be re-written in minds to build new poems. Poetry Translation @PoetryTranslate, 18 Jul Check out our current featured poems by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Noshi Gillani and Victor Teran Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 18 Jul @SaraMegibow Nice to be understood. Thanks… Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 18 Jul @ErikaRobuck @xHeatherxMariex I don’t (maybe can’t) laugh much, but your reply made me smile. Thank you. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 Jul @ErikaRobuck I don’t know her name. I couldn’t even smile. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 Jul @SaraMegibow It takes a lot to learn being happy is more important than being right in most cases. And understanding is better than judging. 40k @40kBooks, 15 Jul #amWriting: What Can Happen to You When You Read Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 16 Jul @theodoragoss I believe laundry in the bathtub is a very small part of your glamorous life there. But don’t they have laundry service? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Jul @parisreview “Cigarettes, all those addictive substances are part of the bad side of what we do.” could be another reference! WorldLiteratureToday @worldlittoday, 12 Jul It’s almost the weekend – scope out a new book early from our #whattoreadnow feature on Migration Narratives: The Paris Review @parisreview, 13 Jul Write what will stop your breath if you don’t write. –Grace Paley Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Jul @TheWoodzick Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Jul @petermrosenberg Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Jul @Kelsye Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Jul @writehedgebrook Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Jul @WriterlyTweets Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future. (At least in the future!) … talexander @talexander11 Jul Revising today & loving it. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jul @talexander When the perfect book will be written by the first master, literature will be over. Luckily, this will never happen. Margo Candela @AuthorAnswers10 Jul Toni Morrison’s advice to writers is…”Respect Writer’s Block,” Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters10 Jul Literature Requires Silence: #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jul @AdviceToWriters That’s why it is not easy to reach and find literature in the noisy world of today. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jul @KikiSokoli Not possible I think, many should be available. At least theoretically! But the best ones? That’s another story. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jul @iSkittlesNerd Meaningful, but it is not possible to understand ideas without words. The problem may be missing the correct words. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jul @paulocoelho “There is no happy love” / Aragon. Does love start fading when you don’t suffer? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jul @JohnDavisBooks Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future. (At least in the future!) … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Jul Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Jul Literature for Future via @wordpressdotcom Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters9 Jul F. Scott Fitzgerald: “All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” (via @GoIntoTheStory) Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Jul @AdviceToWriters @GoIntoTheStory I never imagined writing so dangerous, if you can’t complete on time, you will be drowned in your ideas. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Jul @alaindebotton This seems to be true by definition, then comes the question if there is any hint about how to get the power. Google Book Search @googlebooks, 9 Jul They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Jul @googlebooks Poe … influence on Dostoevsky, Doyle, Verne, and Baudelaire. Is there an objective way of measuring? Open Culture @openculture, 2 Jul The History of Philosophy Visualized. High Tech Way to See the Influence of Great Philosophers. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Jul @openculture Technology for philosophy! Will this be a new era of relational thoughts coming from a central database? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Jul @sharda_dulal Thank you for following me. You can find more in wordpress in the future.


Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Jun @TonyMichael And I think more often, they will need to co-operate for real solution. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 26 Jun @paulocoelho Does this remind in a way: “Live as if you will never die, pray as you will die tomorrow.” Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 26 Jun @weisedame @SmithsonianMag Can an advantage be “As you grow older, years to live as old will decrease”? I wish young brain and body for old. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 26 Jun @corinnedemas I was surprised to see Writing Circle is a fiction rather than advice for writes. Seems interesting. Expand Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 26 Jun @ElaineCharles1 Thank you for following me. Hope to hear more in the future. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Jun 12 @JaneFriedman I think educators always have plenty of advice for new students, and maybe 10 % for the previous ones. But may need new ways. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Jun 12 @philo_quotes But as we are still far from the truth we actually want, we still refuse to accept it without distorting and misleading. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer5 Jun 12 “You have to be brave to take out that white sheet of paper and put on it words that could be evidence of your stupidity.” Sol Saks Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 1 Jun 12 @JaneFriedman I am sure such new tools will be helpful, but learning and getting used to them may not be so easy in the fast world of today. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 1 Jun 12 @JaneFriedman @nickearls @excitingpress @Porter_Anderson But as good apples need more effort, it will be more difficult to find them. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 1 Jun 12 @JaneFriedman @nickearls @excitingpress @Porter_Anderson “The more good apples we have, the harder it is to see the bad ones.” True.


Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 31 May 12 “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” Anaïs Nin Jody Hedlund @JodyHedlund, 1 Jun 12 My favorite Pin of the week: The 4 Stages Of Writing via @inkyelbows … #writers Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 1 Jun 12 @JodyHedlund @inkyelbows Nice cycle. Hopefully, each circle will bring a better writing to end with a smile one day. Thanks for sharing. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 1 Jun 12 To award or not to award. Is this what really matters? … Erika Robuck @ErikaRobuck, 22 May 12 I need to write a synopsis for my new novel proposal, but the novel, itself, insists I keep writing it. #amwriting Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 May 12 @ErikaRobuck Writing a synopsis looks like planning a project, writing freely is living. I don’t like working on plans, but I know we need. Jessica Strawser @jessicastrawser, 22 May 12 Nice, clear explanations here: RT @annerallen Who Are the Big 6? What Does “Indie” Really Mean? A’s to Not-So-Dumb Q’s Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 22 May 12 “Keep your readers interested in the topic, not in you” + 9 other wise principles: by @robertniles Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 May 12 @JaneFriedman @robertniles Is it really the topic what readers are interested? I thought they were mostly interested in the writer! Erika Robuck @ErikaRobuck22 May 12 As much as possible. Great post. RT @JodyHedlund: How Much Interaction Should Authors Have With Readers? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 May 12 Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 May 12 Literature for Future via @wordpressdotcom The Paris Review @parisreview, 10 May 12 You must distinguish between history and the writing of history. – Heinrich Boll Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho, 11 May 12 The reward of our work is not what we get, but what we become #Aleph Tim Weed @weedlit, 8 May 12 @mehmetarat2000, @ErikaRobuck here’s the correct link: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 May 12 @weedlit @ErikaRobuck Thank you. Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 8 May 12 Wait: What? Secularism is incompatible with creativity? Rachelle Gardner @RachelleGardner, 8 May 12 You’ve heard, “We will sell no wine before its time.” Let’s apply that to books! Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 8 May 12 Tough writing lesson to learn: You’ve got to leave stuff out. [my latest post] Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 May 12 @ErikaRobuck @weedlit Hi Erika. Is there a problem with the link? I was not able to access. The Paris Review @parisreview, 8 May 12 I believe you have constructive accidents en route through a novel when you have mapped a clear way. – John Irving Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 May 12 @parisreview “INTERVIEWER: How did you first get published? IRVING: I was lucky from the start.” Main point is the definition of this luck. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @RachelleGardner Hi Rachelle. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @mer_barnes Hi Meredith. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @ErikaRobuck Hi Erika. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @ValaFaye Hi. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @aliventures @ValaFaye Hi. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @JodyHedlund Hi Jody. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @Porter_Anderson @JaneFriedman Hi. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @valerieparv Hi Valeri. My first video trial. I wonder what you will think. Women on Ground: via @youtube Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 Women on Ground: via @youtube Selim And Sima; The Last Love Story The hopeless morning of a lonely night… Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 6 May 12 “Writing doesn’t get easier with time; every novel is a first novel.” John le Carré Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @AdviceToWriters Sometimes a dozen is needed to be written to decide where you will go and to find the diamonds for the next one. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters7 May 12 Don’t write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story rather than dissipate it over a dozen. JACK LONDON #amwriting #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 May 12 @RachelleGardner Do I understand correctly?Do you find reading an e-book more comfortable than reading the same as a traditional paper book? Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 1 May 12 Why Toni Morrison Deserves Her Place in the Literary Pantheon @NYMAG Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 1 May 12 RT @authorrk “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” L. Moore #shortreads Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 May 12 @AAKnopf @authorrk Is this really descriptive and meaningful? Long ones require more commitment, but short ones can tell and affect more.


Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 28 Apr 12 “Two different ways of lying to try to get at truth: fiction lies by fabricating what isn’t there; nonfiction lies by omitting what is.” Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 30 Apr 12 Literature for Future via @wordpressdotcom NY Review of Books @nybooks, 27 Apr 12 What will the future of publishing be, in a market dominated by Amazon? Independent start-ups, says Jason Epstein Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @JodyHedlund Hi Jody. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @aliventures Hi Ali. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” It was only 200 words per day. Maybe less. … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @ValaFaye Hi. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @mer_barnes Hi Meredith. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @ErikaRobuck Hi Erika. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @Porter_Anderson @JaneFriedman Hi Porter. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” For better days. … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @JaneFriedman Hi Jane. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future”. Sent at light speed by a human. … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @RachelleGardner Hi Rachelle. I wanted to share my essay “Literature for Future” … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 @valerieparv Hi Valerie. I wanted to share my essay “Is there a future for literature?” Not only in my mind now. … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Apr 12 “Literature for Future” From Homer to unknown talents of tomorrow. Is there a future for literature? … The Guardian @guardian, 23 Apr 12 Five things Alfred Hitchcock’s films taught me | Anne Billson for @commentisfree Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 12 Apr 12 @RachelleGardner They may be reading more but the meaning of reading needs to be re-considered. Can anyone be really alone with a book now? Rachelle Gardner @RachelleGardner12 Apr 12 Is it possible people are actually reading more than ever? Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 12 Apr 12 What fuels the most influential tweets? Interesting: by @jaredbkeller at @TheAtlantic The Guardian @guardian, 12 Apr 12 Homer and Plato go digital: Vatican and Bodleian libraries to offer rare collections online – report by @swajones In Print Writers @InPrintWriters, 2 Apr 12 In Print Writers Daily is out! ? Top stories today via @konradventana @yurike_maeda @mehmetarat2000 @waderouse Philosophers quotes @philo_quotes, 5 Apr 12 There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. ~ Seneca Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Apr 12 @philo_quotes The first sentence can be adapted “Having the most advanced computer (or technology) is nothing.”, the second being the same. Philosophers quotes @philo_quotes, 5 Apr 12 It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well. ~ Descartes Philosophers quotes @philo_quotes6 Apr 12 No one can give you better advice than yourself. ~ Cicero Philosophers quotes @philo_quotes, 6 Apr 12 It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess. ~ Seneca rodney_yee @rodney_yee, 3 Apr 12 “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” – Eckhart Tolle Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 4 Apr 12 @rodney_yee Is it possible to find inner stillness at a place of no-mind? How? Open Culture @openculture, 3 Apr 12 “The First 49 Stories” by Ernest Hemingway added to our collection of 300 Free eBooks: Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 4 Apr 12 Project Gutenberg is the first & largest single collection of free eBooks. Latest top 100 downloads: Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 1 Apr 12 40 Twitter Hashtags for Writers: #amwriting #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Apr 12 @AdviceToWriters Would it be necessary to make a distinction between objective and subjective improvement before the final decision? Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 1 Apr 12 If the poem can be improved by the author’s explanations, it never should have been published. ARCHIBALD MacLEISH #poetry #writing Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 2 Apr 12 “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett


Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 30 Mar 12 @FewMinutesForMe @nprbooks Should be interesting to have such a result in three minutes. Carol Dannhauser @FewMinutesForMe, 29 Mar 12 Some of the best writing I’ve read today is on the @nprbooks Three-Minute Fiction page on Facebook. And it’s comments! Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 28 Mar 12 Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. STEPHEN KING #amwriting #writing #writetip Open Culture @openculture, 29 Mar 12 Art in the Era of the Internet. How Kickstarter, Creative Commons, etc are Changing the Arts World: Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 27 Mar 12 “Readers expect a story to keep the promises it makes…” 10 Obvious Truths About Fiction: #fiction #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 28 Mar 12 @AdviceToWriters 11th truth: Most readers already know all the truths, so you need to discover new rules for each new work. Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 28 Mar 12 If people ask what you publish & you say “Great stuff,” how long do you expect to be around? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12 @JodyHedlund This is very human I think. May be an example for Jane Friedman’s “Being Human at Electric Speed” I believe sharing is living. Open Culture @openculture, 26 Mar 12 Great Works of Science Fiction Free on the Web: Huxley, Orwell, Asimov, Gaiman & Beyond. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 26 Mar 12 “To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be.” Ayn Rand Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12 @Quotes4Writers My first search: Tomorrow. … Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 26 Mar 12 The Search Engine for Writers: Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 26 Mar 12 “Believe that the fairy tale is true. Love, @Sugar_TheRumpus” #wildsugar erin kissane @kissane, 26 Mar 12 “Quit worrying about your career. You don’t have a career, you have a life. Do the work.” — @Sugar_TheRumpus #wildsugar Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12 @kissane @Sugar_TheRumpus We have a life to live. We need a job to survive. Would be excellent to be paid when doing the work. 40k @40kBooks, 26 Mar 12 #amWriting: 25 Inspiring Biographies for Aspiring Writers Giuseppe Granieri @gg, 26 Mar 12 Do We Need Stories? 40k @40kBooks, 27 Mar 12 #amWriting: Rules of writing: the auto-tune of literature Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12 @ReaIWiIISmith Conclusion: Sometimes throwing flour can be more dangerous than killing someone depending on where you stand and look. Vala Faye @ValaFaye, 27 Mar 12 @aliventures and other writers, you might find this very useful: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12 @ValaFaye @aliventures Writing faster seems good but then you may not enjoy what you live during the experience and lose the thrill. Jody Hedlund @JodyHedlund, 27 Mar 12 Leaders: Don’t forget social media is SOCIAL. You need to be responding. (Good advice for authors too) (RT @PhilCooke) Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Mar 12 @JodyHedlund @PhilCooke The critical point is: As one gets more social, s/he lacks time more and can’t respond. Social becomes commercial. Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 22 Mar 12 “The question … writers should be asking … is who we want in charge of literary curation”: via @tnbtweets Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Mar 12 @JaneFriedman @tnbtweets How can a piece of sand be noticed in the beach? While almost all the sands are playing a loud game on the shows. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 21 Mar 12 The End of an Era for “The Encyclopaedia Britannica: #amwriting #writing #writetip goodreads @goodreads, 21 Mar 12 “Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” #quoteoftheday Open Culture @openculture, 21 Mar 12 27 of History’s Strangest Inventions. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 21 Mar 12 “The one great rule of composition is to speak the truth…” #amwriting #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Mar 12 @AdviceToWriters Is it? I thought lies, whether they are pink, black, or whatever, sell more. They may not have a better composition though. Bill Cameron @bcmystery, 22 Mar 12 Those who defend the indefensible with “It’s the law!” need to be reminded the law isn’t about what’s right, it’s about who’s in charge. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Mar 12 @bcmystery True for law as rules and regulations, but it should be considered together with the concept of rights, philosophy and history. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Mar 12 @ErikaRobuck Seems good reflecting atmosphere of 1930’s. If the book also does, mission is completed. Is it your new novel on Hemingway? Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 20 Mar 12 “If things go static, stories die, because life is never static.” Andrew Stanton Meredith Barnes @mer_barnes, 20 Mar 12 This is the weirdest thing ever. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 20 Mar 12 @mer_barnes From e-book side, I think you are right. Is this a clue to prove we will have paper books for much longer than some may expect? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 20 Mar 12 @AdviceToWriters “Autobiography Begins with Memory” Very true I think, with a subjective look at all the information gathered in years. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 20 Mar 12 Quote of the Day, from William Gass: #amwriting #writing #writetip Penguin Books USA @penguinusa, 20 Mar 12 MT @averybooks: one bartender turns wine to water for those in need via @mothernaturenetwork @DocHendley @winetowater Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 20 Mar 12 @penguinusa @averybooks @mothernaturenetwork @DocHendley @winetowater This is really interesting, may be useful if conversions are economic. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 19 Mar 12 @Quotes4Writers What writers believe for end is not important.They will write what they see and feel until finding real happy end some day. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 18 Mar 12 Quote of the Day, from John Le Carré: #amwriting #writing Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 19 Mar 12 I don’t think writers should write about answers, I think writers should write about questions. PAUL HAGGIS #amwriting #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 16 Mar 12 The Writer’s Job/Tim Parks … Is it being “in love with the ideas of GREATNESS and IMPORTANCE” or something else? IFOA @ifoa, 16 Mar 12 A Friday afternoon existential rumination: what was and is this person called “a writer”? #fb Margo Candela @AuthorAnswers, 16 Mar 12 The First Films of 10 Famous Directors, Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 14 Mar 12 “I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.” Francoise Sagan Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 14 Mar 12 @ErikaRobuck Coffee would be very happy for that, but I hope you have other candidates for your sonnets. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 14 Mar 12 Encyclopaedia Britannica to end print editions: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Mar 12 @paulocoelho To live on the expectation of being awarded some day is a waste of time. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Mar 12 @alaindebotton Happiness. The ball leaving us the moment we are just about to catch it! jane ciabattari @janeciab, 6 Mar 12 NBCC’s 5 finalists: Best Poetry Books of the Year – Modern Poetry – … Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 6 Mar 12 “For a creative writer possession of the “truth” is less important than emotional sincerity.” George Orwell Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 6 Mar 12 “A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments.” Joyce Cary Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Mar 12 I don’t when Twitter started, but are we now better in expressing what we are in 140 characters? I think my 241 tweets affected my style. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Mar 12 @ErikaRobuck Is it an effort to increase classical music listeners, or is it just for you like it? Hope good work will always find to reach. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 6 Mar 12 “Writers aren’t exactly people…. They’re a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.” F Scott Fitzgerald Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Mar 12 @RachelleGardner I was fascinated with Goodreads, seeing the books on virtual shelves, but too many books give a feeling of being lost. Rachelle Gardner @RachelleGardner, 6 Mar 12 Authors, are you effectively using Goodreads? I’ve got two posts to help you. Start here: QuoteBuddy @QuoteBuddy, 1 Mar 12 “Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending.” ~ A.D. Graham


Guardian Film @guardianfilm, 27 Feb 12 Oscars 2012 critics’ review: ‘They rewarded films that suggest that the world is a happy place’ – video Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Feb 12 @guardianfilm Let’s wish the world to become a happier place in real. Mike Duran @cerebralgrump, 27 Feb 12 What Genres Do You Refuse to Read? (And Why You Shouldn’t Refuse to Read Them): … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Feb 12 @cerebralgrump The world needs diversity in reading for a better global village with less intolerance. Thank you for sharing. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Feb 12 @JaneFriedman @Porter_Anderson “Financially, traditional publishers are struggling…the competition has turned fierce. …” Very sad, isn’t it? Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 24 Feb 12 Weekend reading: Confusion among writers about where they stand in the industry: by @Porter_Anderson Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Feb 12 @mehmetarat2000 @ElmoAllen A good summary for today’s racing world. To increase scores everywhere. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Feb 12 @ElmoAllen “The main mechanism of school reform today is to identify teachers who can raise their students’ test scores every year.” Elmo Allén @ElmoAllen, 23 Feb 12 “The corporate reformers admire Finland, apparently not recognizing that Finland disproves every part of their agenda.” … Margo Candela @AuthorAnswers, 23 Feb 12 Who are the most influential writers? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Feb 12 @Quotes4Writers First lines OK, but is it good to know the last lines if you have not read the book? Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 24 Feb 12 100 Best LAST Lines from Novels: … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Feb 12 @parisreview Technologies,interests,concepts,and art change for a “progress in art-movement”.Are those sufficient to create modern classics? The Paris Review @parisreview, 24 Feb 12 I don’t think you can talk about progress in art—movement, but not progress. – Donald Barthelme Martina Boone @MartinaABoone, 24 Feb 12 The emotional processing of rejection is a kind of grief.@jenunedited shares the stages. #myWANA … Margo Candela @AuthorAnswers, 21 Feb 12 Author Paul Auster on why…Becoming a Writer is Not a “Career Decision” Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho, 22 Feb 12 “Google before you tweet” is the new “think before you speak” Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 20 Feb 12 “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd (1820-1894) University Professor, Author Open Culture @openculture, 20 Feb 12 Vladimir Nabokov Marvels Over Different “Lolita” Book Covers. Vintage video: … City Lights Books @CityLightsBooks, 20 Feb 12 “It could be a weapon, a real instrument for transformation politics.” -Toni Cade Bambara on writing: … #blackhistory 40k @40kBooks, 19 Feb 12 #amWriting: A Brief History of Blurbs Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer20 Feb 12 “People have no idea what a hard job it is for 2 writers to be friends. Sooner or later u have to talk about each other’s work.” A Broyard Giuseppe Granieri @gg, 14 Feb 12 It’s not the tech writers, but writers of fiction who best help us understand what’s going on in the modern world Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Feb 12 @paulocoelho Yes, strange, without any doubt! Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Feb 12 @Quotes4Writers @flavorpill A good collection. Painting, “Kiss”, Francesco Hayez, 19th century. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 12 Feb 12 10 of the Greatest Kisses in Literature: … (via @flavorpill) #ValentinesDay Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 13 Feb 12 @Quotes4Writers @ParisReview Literature and the interview, both include much more than beautiful lies. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 12 Feb 12 “Literature…producing beautiful lies that tell more truth than any assemblage of facts.” J Barnes (via @ParisReview) Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Feb 12 @AdviceToWriters A good summary of paradoxes of writing and life. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 9 Feb 12 “To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge…” #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Feb 12 @alaindebotton Men are normally looking for women to dominate them. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 10 Feb 12 @alaindebotton If one feels unsuccessful, there may be no motivation left to be successful. Alain de Botton @alaindebotton, 9 Feb 12 If one felt successful, there’d be so little incentive to be successful. Penguin Books UK @PenguinUKBooks, 9 Feb 12 Is Isaac Newton really the father of optics? Or did he stand on the shoulders of giants of Islamic science? Read more: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 9 Feb 12 @PenguinUKBooks No one on this earth took a step up without putting his foot on a base prepared by others. Neither Newton nor Archimedes. Elizabeth S Craig @elizabethscraig, 5 Feb 12 The best #writing advice you’ll never get: @ejcop for @junglereds Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Feb 12 @elizabethscraig @ejcop @junglereds Do we need advice to be ourselves? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Feb 12 @JaneFriedman I noticed your note Being Human at Electric Speed, remembered Thinking at Light Speed. I think being human is more difficult. Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 8 Feb 12 Please don’t blog your book (4 reasons why): [my latest post] Stephanie Pina @beguilingmerlin, 8 Feb 12 I’ve just read the most unique book: The Thorn and the Blossom, written by the equally lovely @theodoragoss … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Feb 12 @RachelleGardner It may be true, but as the number of queries increase, it becomes impossible for new writers to find and agent/publisher. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Feb 12 @Melanie_McC Get well soon. Anyway, it would not recover sooner after a skiing or hiking accident. Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 6 Feb 12 Portrait of the Writer: Richard Mason @ShelfAwareness @richardmason78 Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Feb 12 @alaindebotton …or find brief, new and higher ways to detail ordinary feelings and lives… Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Feb 12 @parisreview Melnick with a scientific camera to film portraits of New York City subway riders in slow motion, and Murch as an astronomer. The Paris Review @parisreview, 7 Feb 12 ‘Film is the one art form that can effectively use silence.’ Walter Murch on the movies and more: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Feb 12 @AuthorAnswers Awards for themes and values found in John Steinbeck: natural environment, common people, contrasts of poor against powerful Margo Candela @AuthorAnswers, 7 Feb 12 Rachel Maddow Wins John Steinbeck Award, Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 7 Feb 12 @ErikaRobuck Like delivering your beloved child to the arms of life? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Feb 12 @alaindebotton Corollary: An answer is meaningful when we have a question. Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 6 Feb 12 RT @wwnorton Paper books may be the only media remaining that don’t report your behavior back to anonymous aggregators. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Feb 12 @jasonpinter “Best seller author replicated unknown writer’s work!” has news value. Does “sold 1.5M” have? Or is it the dog biting the man? Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 3 Feb 12 Are you following us on @tumblr? @The_Millions referred to our account as “the intersection of books and borzoi”: Meredith Barnes @mer_barnes, 1 Feb 12 WATCH: @TheMariaParadox author Dr Rosa Gil discuss the alarming rate of #latina #suicide Please share! City Lights Books @CityLightsBooks, 1 Feb 12 Joanne Griffith’s (@globaljourno) “Redefining Black Power” … is out in Los Angeles at EsoWon Books !! Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 1 Feb 12 One author hunts for his epigraph, “the mysterious but meaningful quotation in every great book.” (via @parisreview)


Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 30 Jan 12 Wanna thank my parents for raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks & abilities. —Tina Fey, Writer (Emmy speech) 40k @40kBooks, 30 Jan 12 #Publishing: @doctorow: “DRM, ‘social DRM,’ and the madness of publishers ” 40k @40kBooks, 30 Jan 12 #FromThePast: 40K Books: 99-Cent Essays by Million-Dollar Authors Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 31 Jan 12 3 numbers that matter to your platform: [my latest post] Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 31 Jan 12 @JaneFriedman Communication is good, but is all going to a sole marketing world? A desperate competition behind visible facts and figures? Jim Brown @JimBrownBooks, 25 Jan 12 If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion 🙂 #fb Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 26 Jan 12 @JimBrownBooks Probably they wouldn’t but who would? Historians, writers, technicians, politicians? At least they know there is no solution. Open Culture @openculture, 26 Jan 12 Theo Angelopoulos, the Greek filmmaker, has died in Athens. Revisit his career in video clips: Carly Watters @carlywatters, 8 Aug 11 11 Literary Friendships We Can Learn From Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Jan 12 @SterlingBooks @HuffingtonPost Can this be a puzzle when mixed? Is an addiction required to be an author or famous? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Jan 12 @SterlingBooks @HuffingtonPost Hemingway, Dickens, Burroughs, Joyce, Rand, Dostoevsky, Verlaine, Browning, Byron, Balzac. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Jan 12 @SterlingBooks @HuffingtonPost Coffee, Sex, Opium, Absinthe, Gambling, Amphetamines, Flatulence, Heroin, The morgue, and Alcohol. Sterling Publishing @SterlingBooks, 23 Jan 12 Shocking! 10 Famous Authors’ Famous Addictions via @HuffingtonPost Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Jan 12 @alaindebotton @MediaComGlobal When approved by the writer: Very good. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Jan 12 @JSCarroll Not being noticed, being remembered, but how to be remembered? Jonathan Carroll @JSCarroll, 22 Jan 12 “Elegance doesn’t mean being noticed, it means being remembered” — Giorgio Armani goodreads @goodreads, 16 Jan 12 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love …” #quoteoftheday Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 18 Jan 12 Ray Bradbury: “I don’t want to be accepted by certain intellectuals. If Mailer likes me, I’ll kill myself.” Women Writers @WomenWriters, 18 Jan 12 Are you forgetting geography in cyberspace? Even if you are international in appeal, the places you’re from and have lived have shaped you. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 19 Jan 12 @alaindebotton A training can be possible and successful for a 747 or a space shuttle. I don’t think it can be for marriage. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 19 Jan 12 “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Novelist, Playwright Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 19 Jan 12 @paulocoelho Good suggestion. But who is the one who will live what others dream? Why should he or she go after others? Open Culture @openculture, 17 Jan 12 The Solar System Set to Music: A Near-Perpetual Homage to Bach. New York Times Books @nytimesbooks, 16 Jan 12 Louise J. Kaplan, Psychoanalyst and Author, Dies at 82 Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 17 Jan 12 @40kBooks “Overshare is an exclusively digital release. When the reader turns to the first page, finds what looks like a Facebook page” 40k @40kBooks16 Jan 12 #amWriting: The Challenges of New, Digital Lit NPR Books @nprbooks, 17 Jan 12 ‘Revolution 2.0’: Social Media’s Role In Removing Mubarak From Power Jody Hedlund @JodyHedlund, 11 Jan 12 6 Reasons to Write Flawed Characters (via @LyndaRYoung) Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 11 Jan 12 @Quotes4Writers I wonder if having something to say or just the opposite sells more. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 10 Jan 12 “I can teach you how to write a better sentence… But I can’t teach you how to have something to say.” Ann Patchett Open Culture @openculture, 10 Jan 12 “Being Dead While You’re Alive — That’s Real Death” — Henry Miller & Anaïs Nin on Death and Dreams. Open Culture @openculture, 8 Jan 12 Poems as Short Films: Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Rumi and More: Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho, 1 Jan 12 To tweet is to put an ocean in a glass of water…

The following are the tweetures of 2011, latest the first.


The Guardian @guardian, 28 Dec 11 Photographs of the year 2011: From the Vancouver kissing couple to #Jan25 in #Tahrir Square Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 28 Dec 11 50 Iconic Writers Who Were Repeatedly Rejected: (via @AdviceToWriters) Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 28 Dec 11 “If you would be a writer, first be a reader. Only through the assimilation of ideas can one begin to focus on his own ideas.” Allan Eckert Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 27 Dec 11 Novel “Today is Tonight” written 1934 by actress Jean Harlow (1911-1937) but only published in 1965 #OddLiteraryFact Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 27 Dec 11 @valerieparv For now! Valerie Parv @valerieparv, 25 Dec 11 “No one can read a book that’s in your head!” Anita Heiss #quotes4writers #amwriting Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 23 Dec 11 “Like many other novelists, I tend to do the exact opposite of what I am told.” Haruki Murakami Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 25 Dec 11 “Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.” Sholem Asch Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 23 Dec 11 … All Quiet On The Western Front. Such books require more than great talent,they are written at the risk of one’s life. The Millions @The_Millions, 23 Dec 11 RT @GalleyCat: A Year in Reading over at @The_Millions; book recommendations from LOTS of great authors: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Dec 11 Stones, sharp and clear to survive forever… Human, blurry and helpless to leave the world any time… … Open Culture @openculture, 21 Dec 11 Steve Martin Writes Song for Hymn-Deprived Atheists: And Accepts Mark Twain Prize: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 22 Dec 11 “Intelligence²’s live stream offers a fantastic interactive alternative to the experience at the venue.” Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 20 Dec 11 Instead of announcing what you are about to tell is interesting, make it so. WILLIAM STRUNK, JR. #amwriting #writing #writetip The Guardian @guardian, 21 Dec 11 Scientists to study psychological benefits of birdsong Open Culture @openculture, 13 Dec 11 The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World – Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 10 Dec 11 Always write with the ear, not the eye. You should hear every sentence you write as if it was being read aloud or spoken. C. S. LEWIS Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 10 Dec 11 Nouns and verbs are the guts of the language. Beware of covering up with adjectives and adverbs. A.E. GUTHRIE, JR. #writing #writetip New York Times Books @nytimesbooks, 11 Dec 11 Books of The Times: ‘The Stranger’s Child’ by Alan Hollinghurst – Review Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 11 Dec 11 Classic Short Stories: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 12 Dec 11 @alaindebotton Being happy during the whole process of achieving a challenge. It can be difficult to find, but meaningful. Alain de Botton @alaindebotton, 1 2 Dec 11 Happiness is really just the 15 minutes after you’ve completed one challenge – and before you’ve identified a new one. The Guardian @guardian, 9 Dec 11 If you could go back to the 1970s what would you do? Neil Clark writes for @commentisfree on stopping neoliberalism Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 9 Dec 11 Joseph Epstein is a gossip hound. When done right, the exchange of titillating stories can rise to the level of art. Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Dec 11 Rivera’s “link to the universal order by analogy with earlier societies such as that of Aztecs” … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Dec 11 Google’s daily doodles, are they the same everywhere, or are they country specific for different locations? Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 8 Dec 11 Today’s Google doodle: 125th birth day of Diego Rivera. I really like these daily surprises. 40k @40kBooks, 7 Dec 11 #Reading: 100 Notable Books of 2011 Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho7 Dec 11 Sunshine all the time makes a desert. Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 7 Dec 11 “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.” Richard Bach Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 7 Dec 11 The Paris Commune of 1871 ended in bloodshed. Indeed, occupy movements tend to self-destruct. 40k @40kBooks, 7 Dec 11 #SciFi: Your Marriage of the Future: Seven Science Fiction Ideas about Relationships and Sex that Might Come True Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 7 Dec 11 These quotes should go together: “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Plath & “Self-trust is the first secret of success.” Emerson IFOA @ifoa, 7 Dec 11 @guardian’s 1000 novels everyone must read How many have you managed to finish? I think I’m at less than 100. Eek. #fb Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 7 Dec 11 There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it. EDITH WHARTON #amwriting #writing #writetip Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 5 Dec 11 “Through words I could experience my own life with more reality than ordinary living.” John McGahern … Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 6 Dec 11 How to Live » Other Press … NY Review of Books @nybooks, 3 Dec 11 Yasmine El Rashidi on Egypt’s parliamentary elections #egyelections Open Culture @openculture, 4 Dec 11 RT @TheEconomist: A new film takes a searching look at what caused the split between Freud and Jung Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 4 Dec 11 I am neither a man nor a woman but an author. CHARLOTTE BRONTË #writing Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 4 Dec 11 “Basically, fiction is people. You can’t write fiction about ideas.” Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985) Science Fiction Author Open Culture @openculture, 5 Dec 11 The Psychology of Nakedness. Intriguing research broken down by Jonah Lehrer: Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 2 Dec 11 Check out my shelves on Goodreads: Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 1 Dec 11 Only bad writers think that their work is really good. ANNE ENRIGHT #amwriting #writing #writetip Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 1 Dec 11 Baghdad was the intellectual center of the early medieval world. Then free inquiry faded in Muslim countries. Why? Writer’s Digest @WritersDigest, 1 Dec 11 “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” -Aldous Huxley Writer’s Digest @WritersDigest, 1 Dec 11 7 Must-Read Quotes About Writing – The Paris Review @parisreview, 1 Dec 11 “I keep my friends in a box.” Enigmatic illustrations and stories–420 characters each–by Lou Beach.


Open Culture @openculture, 29 Nov 11 The Physics Book: An Illustrated Chronology of How We Understand the Universe. Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 30 Nov 11 The one great rule of composition is to speak the truth. HENRY DAVID THOREAU #amwriting #writing #writetip Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman, 30 Nov 11 The No. 1 Overlooked Skill for Every Author: [my post for Writer Unboxed] Sterling Publishing @SterlingBooks, 26 Nov 11 10 Lost Novels the World Found Again … via @flavorpill #LostAndFound Open Culture @openculture, 27 Nov 11 The First Covers of 20 Classic Novels: Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 27 Nov 11 The Guardian’s Books of the Year, 2011: #books #literature #reading Open Culture @openculture, 23 Nov 11 Mathematics in Movies: Harvard Professor Curates 150+ Scenes. Watch online or download: Erika Robuck @ErikaRobuck, 23 Nov 11 “He wrote on the walls.” @HemingwayLetter ‘s visit to Hemingway’s home in Cuba. @CambridgeUP_NY The Guardian @guardian, 23 Nov 11 Annie Leibovitz’s best shot: “As I walked into Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio, I started to cry.” Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 23 Nov 11 If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you. BILLY WILDER #amwriting #writing #writetip Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 24 Nov 11 Justin Taylor mentions “…something like a trend of Poet’s Novels.” in “The Triumph of the Possible” Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 23 Nov 11 George Orwell’s Five Rules for Effective Writing (“These rules are easy to memorize but difficult to apply.”) Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 18 Nov 11 Gloria Steinem wants you to know that she has never gotten by on her appearance. “Who wants to be feminine?” miss mixtape @miss_mixtape, 15 Nov 11 Trends in Publishing: 15 People You Should Follow (and Why) Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 15 Nov 11 “Most editors are failed writers – but so are most writers.” T S Eliot NPR Books @nprbooks, 16 Nov 11 ‘Micro’: Michael Crichton’s Last Is Larger Than Life Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 3 Nov 11 25 Famous Thinkers and their Daily Rituals: … Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters, 3 Nov 11 “Ask yourself four questions…” #amwriting #writing #writetip #Nanowrimo ? Fabio Malagnini @drstupid, 4 Nov 11 Four things between a short story and a novel Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 3 Nov 11 “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso NPR Books @nprbooks, 3 Nov 11 A Critic To Remember: Pauline Kael At The ‘Movies’ NY Review of Books @nybooks, 3 Nov 11 Why creative writing is better with a pen @LeeRourke @GuardianBooks Retweets for Writers @Retweets4Writer, 3 Nov 11 “If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison The Guardian @guardian, 3 Nov 11 How Alice in Wonderland has inspired a generation of artists – gallery Alfred A. Knopf @AAKnopf, 3 Nov 11 Joan Didion sits down with CBS News to discuss the emotional journey she took while writing “Blue Nights” 40k @40kBooks, 2 Nov 11 #amWriting: Romanticism and Fantasy | @SFSignal The Guardian @guardian, 2 Nov 11 What it’s like to be young + looking for work in Britain? @guardian hears from 10 young people Arts & Letters Daily @aldaily, 2 Nov 11 Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot shared a friendship and a compulsion: extreme frankness.


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Mehmet Arat @mehmetarat2000, 31 Mar 11 @paulocoelho Where? Here they say one laughing by himself is called crazy!  

1984, From 1949 to 2000+X


I read “1984”, the dystopian novel (1) of George Orwell, after 14 years from the year I started writing “2000+X”, after 28 years from the year in the title of the book, after 63 years from the year it was written.

Although I had not read the book or watched the movie (2), I had heard a lot about it before. “Big Brother” was known to everybody. I also had general information on the Ministry of Truth.

What is the meaning of reading “1984” in 2012?


My first remark will be that now in today’s world it may not be a big issue to have telescreens watching everybody everywhere. We are lucky, we already have them. High resolution cameras and spying tools not only work for intelligence agencies but also for individuals to watch the people they care, they are jealous of, or they hate.


My second point is the power of the book. It was first published after a world war during the starting period of cold war between the United States and Soviet Union. Eurasia and Ocenia may not make the same reflections in minds now as they did before the collapse of the walls.

Finally and as a third point, I feel a permanent value in the story of Winston and Julia. Not due to the extra-ordinary love theme between them, but since they reflect human behavior under hard conditions with a level of psychological depth. Looking at them in today’s world after many changes occurred since World War II creates a different perspective.


Orwell does not seem optimistic in “1984”. Today there may not be more reasons to be optimistic, but individual human values can be accepted to be still valid. The cities, the walls, the windows are less dusty and the general appearance is not as dark as painted by the writer in 1949, just after the World War II.


Novels create images and memories in minds. These can be clear or blurry. In most cases, the author sets a high level of clarity throughout the story for common readability. In 1984, there is a definite picture of the darkness in a future world, but the human level in characters, daily life, details of social organization, technologies, economy and politics have been kept below the high definition level. This can be considered as a critical factor for the value of a fiction for future.

Being born in 1903, witnessing two world wars within his life time, and signing on with the Burmese Indian Imperial Police in 1921, he later commented: “In order to hate imperialism, you have got to be part of it.” He quit five years later to become a writer. If he had not, he would still understand the structure of the imperialist system, but probably complete his life without leaving the findings of his experience.

Considering the pain people had in world wars and civil wars during his lifetime, it is not difficult to understand why he did not write an utopia but wrote a dystopia.


In the afterword of the book, Erich Fromm identifies “1984” as the expression of a mood and a warning. He defines the mood as a despair about the future of man, and the warning as the risk of losing human qualities.

He explains the facts behind the pessimism of Orwell as:

1. World War I in which millions died for the territorial ambitions of the European powers, under the illusion of fighting for peace and democracy.

2. The betrayal of the socialist hopes by Stalin’s reactionary state capitalism.

3. The severe economic crisis at the end of the twenties.

4. The victory of barbarism in one of the oldest centers of culture in the world, Germany.

5. The insanity of Stalinist terror during the thirties.

6. World War II in which the fighting nations lost some of the moral considerations which had still existed in World War I.

7. The unlimited destruction of civilian populations, started by Hitler, continued by destruction of cities such as Hamburg,

Dresden and Tokyo , and use of atomic bombs against Japan.

8. Destruction risk of civilization by thermonuclear weapons.

He states that Orwell is not alone in his endeavor and adds “We” of Russian Zamyatin, “Brave New World” of Aldous Huxley, “The Iron Heel” of Jack London to the list of “negative utopia”, “dystopia” books, and emphasizes the own original contribution of “1984” to the question as “How can human nature be changed?”


“1984” has an appendix for the principles of Newspeak, the official language of Oceania (one of the three divisions of the world), where the relation between language and thought is analyzed. Declaration of Independence is given as an example of texts which are quite impossible to express in Newspeak.

Winston was born in 1945 and Julia in 1958. He was 39 years old, and Julia 26 in 1984. Orwell (1903-1950) wrote the book in 1949.

Although I heard a lot about the book, I had never met Julia before reading it. Julia is the main female character of the book, and she was born in the same year with me. I never met Michael Jackson and Madonna too. They were both born in 1958 too. We feel close to people having the same birthday with us. Being born in the same year is also an important common aspect. 1958 is a dog year in Chinese calendar.


In Chinese calendar, years have names that are repeated every 60 years. There are two components used sequentially. The first component is a Celestial Stemm (1:jia 2:yi 3:bing 4:ding 5:wu 6:ji 7:geng 8:xin 9:ren 10:gui), and the second component is a Terrestrial Branch (1:zi(rat) 2 chou(ox) 3:yin(tiger) 4:mao(hare, rabbit) 5:chen(dragon) 6:si(snake) 7:wu(horse) 8:wei(sheep) 9:shen(monkey) 10:you(rooster) 11:xu(dog) 12:hai(pig). The first year of the sixty-year cycle is jia-zi, the second yi-chou, the third year bing-yin. (3)

The current sixty-year cycle started on 2 February 1984 with jia zi, a rat year.


There are several points I noted while reading the book. These have no objective criteria for selection, but they can provide some hints to remember or to discuss some thoughts mentioned or initiated in the book.


“With the establishment of self-contained economies, in which production and consumption are geared to one another, scramble for markets which was a main cause of previous wars has come to an end, while the competition for raw materials is no longer a matter of life and death. In any case, each of the three superstates is so vast that it can obtain almost all of the materials that it needs within its own boundaries. In so far as the war has a direct economic purpose, it is a war for labor power.” (Page 166)

I would comment that automation seems to change this estimate. China, Far East have low rate workmanship rates currently, but in a future automation and the increasing need for specifically skilled labor can change the picture. This issue seems not to be clear yet. In a way, automation eliminates the need for human power, but economies still need human services in many areas.

“At the apex of the pyramid comes Big Brother. Big Brother is infallible and allpowerful. Every success, every achievement, every victory, every scientific discovery, all knowledge, all wisdom, all happiness, all virtue, are held to issue directly from his leadership and inspiration.” (Page 185)

This picture reminds the leadership of a conservative leader using an absolute authority on behalf of a universal spirit.


“Below that comes the dumb masses whom we habitually refer as the “proles” numbering perhaps eighty-five per cent of the population.” (Page 185)

Aziz Nesin had said 70 % of the population was dumb, but then corrected the value as 90 % commenting that he had underestimated it. The average of his figures is 80 %. Dumb masses in the book are mentioned to be 85 %.

“The poet Ampleforth shambled into the cell.”

“I allowed the word ‘God’ to remain at the end of a line.”

“Do you realize that there are only twelve rhymes to ‘rod’ in the entire language? “the whole history of English poetry has been determined by the fact that the English language lacks rhymes?” (Pages 205-206)

Parsons says “‘Down with big brother!’ Yes, I said that.” “Who denounced you?” asks Winston. “It was my little daughter.” says Parsons and adds “In fact I’m proud of her. It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.” (Page 208)


“If I could save Julia by doubling my own pain would I do it? Yes, I would.” But that was merely an intellectual decision taken because he knew he ought to take it. He did not feel it.” (Page 212)

“Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes, no heroes, he thought over and over as he writhed on the floor, clutching uselessly at his disabled left arm.” (Page 212)

“The confession was a formality, though the torture was real.” (Page 214)

Middle ages, inquisition, German Nazis, and Russian Communists are referred by O’brien. (Page 226)

“We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us, so long as he resists us, we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we bring him overto our side. … We make him one of ourselves before we kill him.” (Page 227)

“We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.” (Page 234)

“The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. …. The object of power is power.” (Page 235)

“The old civilisations claimed that they were founded on love and justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. …. We have cut the links between child and parent and between man and man, and between man and woman.” (Page 238)

I was not able to notice that the link between woman and woman was also cut. This may not be intentional, and just been omitted. It can also be considered that the internal interaction of women were not found worth attention.

“children will be taken from their mothers at birth. …. The sex instinct will be eradicated. We shall abolish orgasm. Neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness.” (Page 238)

These all can be considered as parts of a systematic intervention to destroy human features for complete mechanization.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping a human face – forever.” (Page 239)

This is obviously not an optimistic visualization but considering the period he lived and his life, it is difficult to expect optimism from Orwell. Pessimism can be considered to be a required feature of dystopia, but they absolutely contain a bright picture when looked with a corrective filter replacing blacks with whites.


Winston “If they could make me stop loving you …. that would be the real betrayal.” (Page 147)

Love is probably the most human part of any individual. It contains belief, hope, and a meaning for existence. When love is dead, all positive aspects will fade for a real betrayal to life.

“You are prepared to cheat, to forge, to blackmail, to corrupt the minds of children, to distribute habit-forming drugs, to encourage prostitution, to disseminate venereal diseases – to do anything which is likely to cause demoralization and weaken the power of the party?”

“Yes.” (Page 147)

I was not sure whether this was a conscious expression of the hopeless view of Orwell or not, being discouraged to believe and go after anything positive after many years spent witnessing the problems of the world, of international movements, and of socialist countries in particular.

“You are prepared, the two of you, to separate and never see one another again?”

“No!” broke in Julia. (Page 153)

The response comes from Julia, not from Winston. This may be a reflection of the general look considering female as more emotional.

“The brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organization in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible.” (Page 156)

The corresponding example for this argument can be the mechanism of ideologies and religions. Both refuse discussion and flexibility, both hold people together around ideas and concepts, and both cannot be discussed with individual and free wills.

Julia: “If you’re happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three-Year-Plans and the Two Minute Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot?” (Page 118)

“So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.” (Page 120)

Julia: “This is me, this is my hand, this is my leg. I’m real, I’m solid, I’m alive! Don’t you like this?” (Page 120)

“A rocket bomb must have dropped quite near at hand. Suddenly he became aware of Julia’s face a few centimeters from his own, deathly white, as white as chalk. Even her lips were white. She was dead.” (Page 114)

O’Brien: “We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future.” (Page 156)

He hooked up at O’Brien, “I have not betrayed Julia,” he said. He had told them everything he knew about her. … everything. And yet, in the sense he intended the word, he had not betrayed her. He had not stopped loving her… (Page 244)

“The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.” (Page 248)

“It is not enough to obey him, you must love him.” (Page 251)


“The last step. You must love Big Brother.” (Page 251)

“They show astonishing intelligence in knowing when a human is helpless.” (Page 254)

They” in the above sentence refer to rats being a final hit to the exhausted strength of Winston.


I believe dystopia include too much darkness making it difficult to find light and hope in the systems created, but still expect to see some brightness at the end of the tunnel described throughout the work. It may be difficult to trace such an optimism in “1984”, but it is absolutely a very powerful warning on the consequences of losing human character.


1. George Orwell, 1984, Plume, 1983.

2. Michael Radford, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), 1984,

3. The Chinese Calendar,

Fairy of Inspiration

Nine Muses

Nine Muses

“I finally solved the puzzle of inspiration. Not a great discovery maybe, re-expression of known once again, I don’t know how many efforts have been made before, But understanding and feeling this made me happy.”

Selim re-read what he had written. Then started the second paragraph.

“Fairy of inspiration is little talent, excessive labor. If you be patient enough, she inevitably comes and finds you. Grief, joy, hope, desperation, disappointment, whatever you were once not able to understand come easily and take their seats properly. You find peace deep inside. You feel relieved with the happiness of completing your mission.”

He looked holding the paper a bit far. He had liked what he had seen. He started following the beauty calling him.


Museums have been said to be the graves of art.

What a cold remark. How beauties inspiration fairy created can meet one day the frightening silence of death?

French poet Lamartine expressed this idea in his work titled “Voyage to East” in 1835.

But shouldn’t the museums always remind the fairies of inspiration? Aren’t traces of a hidden beauty seen at each product touched and made permanent by human hand? Although it may seem like separated from life and jailed within the walls, doesn’t the splendid traces of labor continue creating new nirvana?

Calliope. The convincing fairy of epic poetry.

Clio. The undefeatable fairy of historical heroic verse.

Erato. The fairy of rhapsody, poetry, love, and eroticism, hugging all aspects of life.

Euterpe. The fairy of pleasure and music.

Melpomene. The fairy of tragedy and tragic poetry.


Selim stopped.

How peculiar it was, tragedy having a fairy of inspiration.

But it was an inseparable part of life, like all the sorrow being suffered, the death itself. Whatever has been done to add meaning to this inevitable end coming sooner or later, it was being met somewhere. All lives were reaching an end after following long routes, each at a final tragedy of its own.

He continued writing.


Polyhymnia. The fairy of requiem and dance.

Terpsichore. The fairy of lyric dance.

Thalia. The fairy of comedy and pastoral poetry.

Urania. The fairy of astronomy and astrology.


Nine fairies. Daughters of Mnemesyone and Zeus.

The mother of fairies is memory. The place where beauties and knowledge becomes permanent.

Art being shaped with the wisdom of muses, the inspiration fairies, is becoming immortal at the museums.


Selim had not found a beauty in his life since years. After a difficult period, he had tried to find a meaning in the historical development of art and literature. Fairies of inspiration were not reaching him easily. His exhaustion, his hopelessness, the permanent load of the past on his shoulders were all increasing his problems.

The news about the sale of the portrait of the inspiration fairy who had changed the life of Picasso therefore attracted his interested immediately. La Lecture. Picasso’s secret love Marie-Therese Walter.

2012.12.29-FairyofInspiration-La Muse by Pablo Picasso OSA283

Could this be true? Could one person change a life completely? Should a woman did not exist, could it be possible that a man would also disappear?

He thought how cruel the life could be. Many times he had come very near to the edge of a cliff. For some people a little stumble at such a moment was being the end of all hopes.

There were so many pieces torn and accumulated in his soul that he did not know what to do with. The only beauty which could keep him up were the words. But he was not able to put them together as he wanted and he was being squeezed under a complex and hopeless massive bulk.

“My dear fairy of inspiration,” he murmured. “Where are you?”