Turkey Says Inspiring Kids’ Book Should Be Treated like Porn

Turkey Says Inspiring Kids’ Book Should Be Treated like Porn

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The Turkish government recently ruled that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls should be treated like pornography because of its “detrimental influence” on young people.     Published in 2016, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls offers 100 tales of extraordinary women meant to inspire young children. Each story, written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo in the style of a fairy tale, is accompanied by illustrations from over 60 female artists. The Guardian described it as an “empowering, resolutely ‘anti-princess’ storybook.” It’s been an incredibly popular best-seller and has been published in 47 languages around the world.   Favilli and Cavallo, image via Penguin …

Turkey Puts Novelists, Including Elif Shafak, Under Investigation

Turkey Puts Novelists, Including Elif Shafak, Under Investigation

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According to The Guardian Turkish prosecutors have begun investigations into numerous writers of fiction, including famed author Elif Shafak. The campaign has been described as a serious violation of free speech rights, all breaking off from recent, rather vicious debates on social media about authors who write about difficult topics, such as child abuse and sexual violence. After a page from a new novel Abdullah Sevki was shared on Twitter, the novel quickly generated deep controversy when the chapter showcased featured a first person account of a child being sexual assaulted from a sexual predator’s POV. The government of Turkey has issued …

This Istanbul Library Might Be the Best Building in the World

This Istanbul Library Might Be the Best Building in the World

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The Royal Institute of British Architects releases their International List every other year, which gathers buildings from around the world to celebrate their architectural achievements. The 2018 list was just announced, and this time next year a panel of judges will select the recipient of the 2018 RIBA International Prize. One of the buildings under consideration is Turkey’s Beyazit State Library.   Image Via Tabanlioglu Architects   The Istanbul library was converted from a soup kitchen and 16th-century caravanserai and it’s completely gorgeous. Tabanlioglu Architects designed the thoroughly modern library in Beyazit Square, right next to Beyazit Mosque, which was completed back in 1506. The …