We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Mihri Khatun sings her verse again
I'm very pleased to have had a role in the first publication of the enchanting 50-year old monograph on "Mihri Khatun, a Turkish Poetess of the 15th Century," by Nicholas Martinovitch. It will occupy the greater part of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Turkish Literature. I was the guy who found the manuscript (written in pencil) among Martinovitch's papers in the New York Public Library, and I've written a brief introductory note for this edition. Alas, I can't read Mihri in her own language -- she must have been really something. You will enjoy finding out about her.