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Salt in the Milk - Ten Years in Istanbul Paperback – November 15, 2015
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About the Author
Sean Bw Parker (born 19 May 1975) is a writer, musician, artist and label manager. With the bands Scorpio Rising, Arch Inch, SPB, also solo and through his collaborations with experimental musician Ettuspadix, Parker has released six albums and numerous others on his Seraglio Point Productions label, including those by Mikey Georgeson (The Vessel from David Devant and His Spirit Wife), The Steve Dior Band and Metamono. He lived in Istanbul for ten years until 2014. Parker is also a prolific writer, having published two books and with work appearing in Cosmopolitan, Time Out, NME.com, USA Today, Multicultural Guide and regularly for Louder Than War. He has made over 150 stage performances, appeared in 5 short films and radio and television a number of times. He has performed with Ed Harcourt, John Robb’s The Membranes and Turkish art rock band Replikas, as well as at a number of Turkish festivals. A stammerer himself, Parker presented a TED talk at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University titled ‘Stammering and Creativity’, one of the most watched internet videos on the subject.
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A large part of the text is taken up with transcripts of interviews with famous musicians, some of which only took place in the author’s mind. That said, fans of music, particularly David Bowie and other musicians who originate from Britain will likely enjoy the at times entertaining interviews. However it’s a shame Parker didn’t group the interviews with Turkish musicians separately because his genuine love of music introduces us to a wealth of Turkish musicians worthy of further investigation. Of particular note and interest are his interviews with the very talented Erdal Kizilçay and Fulya Özlem.
I have to admit that after closely reading the first fifty pages or so I took to scrolling quickly through most of the articles on music, only stopping to read the author’s thoughts on his life in Istanbul. His piece titled “Türkiye, the UK and physical Language” was the most interesting and well written. It was originally given as a lecture at a Turkish university, so I would assume the author spent some time thinking about what he wanted to say before he wrote it. This piece shows that when the author puts his mind to it he does have something worthwhile to say about Turkish culture. It’s just a shame the rest of the book is such a mess, relying too heavily on repeated name dropping and bad language in an attempt to grab our attention.
Parker really needs to decide what he wants this book to be – his reminiscences of the ten years he spent in Istanbul, or a collection of interviews with people in the music industry. If it’s the former the title fits, but the content is sadly lacking.
it seems to be about waking up after various nights of unbelievable alcohol consumption and insulting everyone