March 18, 2017

March 26 – The Day of Not Dying

Ertesi gün için bir şey diyemem ama rakı içtiğin gün ölmezsin.”  Cemal Süreya
“Cannot say anything about the next day, but you do not die on the day you drink rakı.”  Cemal Süreya


In 1981, on March 26, a group of Turkish poets, led by Turgut Uyar and Edip Cansever (of the Second New fame) were together with their friends at a restaurant on the Bosphorus, drinking, talking, as was usual for many similar nights. Then one of the ladies at the table starts to talk about a needle lodged in her body, and how she lived with the fear of dying that it would get to her heart.

Turgut Uyar orders a bottle of rakı, they all sign it and tell her, “keep this bottle, we'll all drink it together next year on this day.” This continues on year after year until Turgut Uyar himself passes away in August of 1986, when the rest of his friends stop the tradition.

March 26 has now become "the day of not dying", a continuing tradition in certain circles in Turkey, to get together with friends to drink, eat and talk about literature and poetry, and to celebrate life, of being alive. 

The Second New poetry, as well as the place of rakı in Turkish culture is too deep to go into here, but see hashtag
#ölmemegünü (ölmeme=not dying, günü=the day of) on twitter, and on instagram,
or the alternate spelling without the diacritical Turkish letters
#olmemegunu on twitter and on instagram.

October 21, 2012

Peggy & The Roadrunners Opening

October 4, 2012 - Peggy & The Roadrunners Opening, In4mation Chinatown/Human Imagination, Honolulu.

hanging at hi + hi beer + thirtyninehotel + the safehouse

Oct 3, 2012 - Hanging Peggy & The Roadrunners show at Human Imagination, and Hi Beer release party at Vice, and thirtyninehotel, and at The Crush at the Republik Safehouse.