Up the Creek:
The Divine Road to Istanbul
Anatolia: From the Greek word meaning East-the land of the rising sun. Today Anatolia refers to the country called Turkey whose borders stretch from the Balkans to Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Anatolia. Let the word swirl through your mind and you’ll see caravans guided by starlight traveling across a wheat-colored plain. The imam sings his prayer while a woman sets up her loom and weaves the story of her tribe. On a steep Istanbul street leading to the Bosphorus where the air smells of yeast and sesame, workers crowd tramcars. And in fertile plains where grapes were harvested long before they came to Europe, the mother goddess watches unblinking from potsherds and statues.
Oh to be in Istanbul this year when the city, chosen as a 2010 European Capital of Culture, showcases its history, vibrant art, music, culture and business scene.
Is Istanbul European, you ask? Well, yes and no and yes.
While it’s true that Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents – Europe and Asia – the discovery of a Neolithic gravesite near the Bosphorus (where construction is underway to build the world’s deepest underwater tunnel – 197 feet below sea level) pushes the city’s first inhabitants back in time to 6500 BC. The skeletons of two adults and two children lie curled-up in a fetal position as if they are ready to be born into the next world.
Along with the remains, archeologists found pots, tools, wooden pieces and bones as well as houses made of branches. While areas in Central Anatolia like Catalhoyuk give a glimpse into the Neolithic world, the newly-discovered site shows that Istanbul was an outpost and a gateway to development in Europe.
So, it seems appropriate that Wild River Review will continue its coverage of a city we’ve been visiting since 1995.
Wild River Review’s West Coast Editor, Angie Brenner, will look at what has changed in the fifteen years she’s been visiting the city and what remains.
Shellie Corman, who left San Francisco for Istanbul and opened up Kahvedan, a popular cafe in Cihangir (also Orhan Pamuk’s neighborhood) will keep us up to date on the goings-on near her cafe and beyond.
We’ll travel to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, which will open in July. And we’ll visit Cordon Blue-trained Eveline Zoutendijk at her cooking school, Cooking AlaTurka.
From there we will travel across Anatolia and discover why, in the 21st century, perhaps all roads lead through Istanbul.
And if, by chance, you happen to be in Sultanahmet, home of Topkapi Palace; and if you happen upon the Cemberlitas Tower, you will find yourself standing in the very place where in the 4th Century, Constantine the First, Emperor of Byzantium, established a new capital, Constantinople, and a new road, which he called The Divine Road. It led through the Balkans into Europe and ended at an old capital: Rome.
In 2006, Joy E. Stocke founded Wild River Review with Kimberly Nagy, an outgrowth of the literary magazine, The Bucks County Writer, of which Stocke was Editor in Chief. In 2009, as their editorial practice grew, Stocke and Nagy founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.
With more than twenty-five years experience as a writer and journalist, Stocke works with many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.
In addition, Stocke has shepherded numerous writers into print. She has interviewed Nobel Prize winners Orhan Pamuk and Muhammud Yunus, Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Muldoon, Paul Holdengraber, host of LIVE from the NYPL; Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya Zen Center; anthropologist and expert on end of life care, Mary Catherine Bateson; Ivonne Baki, President of the Andean Parliament; and Templeton Prizewinner Freeman Dyson among others.
In 2006, along with Nagy, Stocke interviewed scientists and artists including former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Dean of Faculty, David P. Dobkin for the documentary Quark Park, chronicling the creation of an award-winning park built on a vacant lot in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey; a park that united art, science and community.
She is president of the Board of Directors at the Cabo Pulmo Learning Center, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Sur, Mexico; and is a member of the Turkish Women’s International Network.
In addition, Stocke has written extensively about her travels in Greece and Turkey. Her memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints, based on more than ten years of travel through Turkey, co-written with Angie Brenner was published in March 2012. Her cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking will be published in March, 2017 by Quarto Books under the Burgess Lea Press imprint . Stocke and Brenner are currently testing recipes for a companion book, which will feature Anatolian-inspired mezes from around the world.
Stocke’s essay “Turkish American Food” appears in the 2nd edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (OUP, 2013). The volume won both International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for Beverage/Reference/Technical category, 2014; and the Gourmand Award for the Best Food Book of the Year, 2014.
She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poems, Cave of the Bear, translated into Greek by Lili Bita based on her travels in Western Crete, and is currently researching a book about the only hard-finger coral reef in Mexico on the Baja Sur Peninsula. She has been writing about environmental issues there since 2011.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Agriculture Journalism School where she also received a minor of Food Science, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with cultural philosopher, poet and historian, William Irwin Thompson. In 2009, she became a Lindisfarne Fellow.
Works by Joy E. Stocke in this Edition
AIRMAIL – LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
AIRMAIL – VOICE FROM SYRIA
ARTS – ART
COLUMNS – THE MYSTIC PEN
FOOD & DRINK – ANATOLIAN KITCHEN
FREYMAN & PETERSON- Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir
LITERATURE – BOOK REVIEWS
LITERATURE – ESSAYS
LITERATURE – MEMOIR
LITERATURE – POETRY
LIVE FROM THE NYPL
The Euphoria of Ignorance: Being Jewish, Becoming Jewish, The Paradox of Being Carlo Ginzburg
Fountain of Curiosity: Paul Holdengraber on Attention, Tension and Stretching the Limits of Conversation at the New York Public Library
Paul Holdengraber – The Afterlife of Conversation
2013 – Three Questions: Festival Director Jakab Orsos talks about Art, Bravery, and Sonia Sotomayor
Critical Minds, Social Revolution: Egyptian Activist Nawal El Saadawi
INTERVIEW – Laszlo Jakab Orsos: Written on Water
Tonight We Rest Here: An Interview with Poet Saadi Youssef
Georgian Writer David Dephy’s Second Skin
On the High Line: Diamonds on the Soles of Our Shoes
Car Bombs on the West Side, Journalists Uptown
New York City – Parade of Illuminations: Behind the Scenes with Festival Director Jakab Orsos
The Pen Cabaret 2008: Bowery Ballroom — Featuring..
Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints
Daring Collaborations: Rolex and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library Composing a Further Life: with Mary Catherine Bateson
WRR@LARGE: From the Editors – UP THE CREEK
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 1
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 2.5
Up the Creek: Volume 1, Number 3.3
Up the Creek: Number 4.4
Up the Creek: Beautiful Solutions
Up the Creek: Blind Faith, July 2009
Up the Creek: Create Dangerously
Up the Creek: What Price Choice?
Up the Creek: Before and After: September 11, 2001
Up the Creek: Candle in a Long Street
Up the Creek: Crossing Cultures: Transcending History
Up the Creek: Man in the Mirror; A Map of the World
Up the Creek: Stories and the Shape of Time
Up the Creek: The Divine Road To Istanbul
Up the Creek: What It Means to Yearn
WRR@LARGE – WILD COVERAGE
UNESCO World Heritage Site Under Threat of Mega-Devlopment Sparks International Protests
The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib — Part One: The Detainees’ Quest For Justice
The Other Side of Abu Ghraib – Part Two: The Yoga Teacher Goes to Istanbul