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anastasia-m-ashman's picture
Jul.26.2009
Happily at home in Istanbul in 2007, I flipped through Unsuitable for Ladies. Edited by Jane Robinson, this anthology of female travel writing crisscrosses the globe and stretches back into ancient history. Complete candy for me. Around the same time I was ruminating in an essay for a global nomad...
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May.23.2009
Expatriate literature may be stocked in the travel section, but does it deserve a shelf of its own? Living for extended periods in foreign locales, expatriates struggle to reestablish themselves and find meaningful access to their new home. Travelers passing through often have the luxury to avoid...
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Apr.21.2009
As the coeditor of an anthology by foreign women in modern Turkey, and an American living abroad in Istanbul,  Twitter has been an invaluable tool to bring me closer to the world I work in, and up to speed on my industry.   I meet my readers (fellow expats, travelers, writers, and culturati among...
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Mar.09.2009
In a two-part interview with Career by Choice, a blog run by expat career coach Megan Fitzgerald in Rome, this week I talk about the lessons of Expat Harem in forging my expat writing life. Answering questions about personal branding and career success abroad, I explain how writing about my life...
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Feb.21.2009
As an Expat Harem coeditor and producer, I'm pleased to share highlights of 2008 and recent days, as well as a few events to watch for in 2009.  INTERVIEWED ON TVBecoming a go-to girl for providing the resident foreigner’s viewpoint on Turkish national television, this winter my coeditor Jennifer...
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Feb.08.2009
 A new video encapsulates the lifespan of the anthology Tales from the Expat Harem. It's meant for foreign publishers considering translation rights...and we previewed it last week during a meeting with Turkey's minister of culture, who has agreed to use the book in promoting the country both...
anastasia-m-ashman's picture
Jan.28.2009
Random chat inspires a Twitterseries long-in-the-making. Chatting on Facebook this morning with an insomniac acquaintance in LA (10 hours behind me in Istanbul), he joked with me about my new Facebook page for the Expat Harem community. (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=...
robert-bicknell's picture
Jan.24.2009
Ah yes, another Tet [Lunar New Year] is upon us. I can tell simply by the amount of frantic shopping going on as people search for the best bargains, the best foods and, of course, the best banh chung [square glutinous rice cake]… No, despite what you think, I will leave the poor Banh Chung alone...
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Dec.21.2008
I haven't posted here for almost three months. Work happened. I taught five classes this semester, and was so busy I hardly wrote. My new book is languishing in the bowels of my computer. When the semester finally ended last week, I felt as if I had been run over by a Mac truck. I felt...
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Sep.23.2008
Today's one of those days when I love living in Europe. Here are five things I love about Madrid:  1. The smell of the air from dusk to dawn. It smells of rain and autumn and orange blossom all in one, and it floats through my big square windows like a secret just for me. 2.  Young children,...