WOODY ALLEN, WITHOUT GLASSES
This is one of the few stand-up comedies the famous director did throughout his career, which was recorded live in 60s. A truly hidden gem of popular culture.
Editor: Ali Tufan Koç

It is nineteen sixty-five. A few years behind his iconic glasses and 60-year film career, Woody Allen is ready for his stand-up on “The Shadows” stage. He is a comedy writer in his early 30s then. He writes in humor magazines, occasionally shows up on Tv and performs skits. That’s it.

He is witty, quick with words and very capable of transforming his intellectual curiosity into simple jokes and jabber stuff. He tells about Swedish movies, the bizarre food etiquette of the Swedish, Eggs Benedict and science fiction scripts, some of which are from his own life. He relentlessly talks about “art house” movie theatres of New York and seems to have no problem with caricaturing his bohemian friends. His observations on romantic relationships are in their “seeds” yet, but he sometimes sprinkles them between his words. And the audience’s laughter is so loud that the record almost loses its quality.

It is an inspiring record to witness the journey of “stand-up” culture (and Woody Allen) in a world where the streaming channels like Netflix or Amazon is being too generous with today’s stand-up comedies. The record is worthy of attention for those who are interested in the genre (and in Allen, if there are still some left).

FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
FINDS
CASE SERIES
ALL ARCHIVES
FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
THE DIAMOND FOLD

The art of using the right napkin in four steps.

FINDS
THE BARBICAN CENTRE

Is the Barbican Centre, one of the greatest examples of brutalist architecture, a monument of ugliness or an architectural gem?

CASE SERIES
MEMOR(Y)IAL DESTRUCTION

The art month in Istanbul is September and for me it took a start with the exhibition “Memor(y)ial Destruction”.

BLACKOUTS
SEGOVIA

‘In Medina del Campo the history of Spain can be experienced on its streets, its public places and in the cluster of historical buildings in the city center. This is the city of Isabella, Queen of Spain.’

LOVE LETTERS
FEM GÜÇLÜTÜRK

The love letter to Çıtlık Ağacı (Turpentine Tree) that botanist Fem Güçlütürk wrote is reflecting something beyond the love that we know.

SENSES
AYŞE BOYNER

We feel Ayşe Boyner’s high energy through all of her senses.

CITIZENS
NURAY ADA

Best friend, a local break spot, a deep relaxing breath, or maybe a handful of mud ready to be shaped…