I don’t know about the childhood, but I know a little about the adulthood of ‘Contradiction Known Taste’… But I already know; He is an “adult-child” who likes to laugh, laugh and above all make jokes about words, has a keen eye when recounting his memories, can talk for hours about movies and football, and loves cats. I also had the chance to work together; Uğur Vardan… Through the book he wrote from his memoirs, he describes the best years of childhood, the 1970s: “Fighting with the children from the slums, lying in the corners of the coast and picking blackberries, playing marbles. ..”
* Where does the writing of a children’s book come from? I don’t remember you talking about having such a dream…
Of course, like any press employee, there was always the idea of a book made up of articles published on the path – cinema and sport – to which I belonged. But I wanted to take the first step with a collection of memories that I find interesting. While talking with my astroturf friend, dear Derviş (Şentekin), with whom I worked for many years under Yeni Yüzyıl and Radikal, who is the editorial director of Çınar Publishing, he came up with the idea of a children’s book. It was a fun occupation for me too, and it had to start from childhood with a Freudian perspective!
*You used the name Lezzet Abi in the book… Can you tell your story for those who don’t know?
In FHM (For Him Magazine), directed by Cher Mansur (Forutan), there was a team that liked to slouch. Mansur transmitted to me the reading of the writing. I used to make comments like “Good writing but not tasty” or “Very tasty” without realizing it. Eventually, Levent (Ertem) from the team received the nickname “Brother Lezzet”, and Mansur made him popular.
“Dear Burcu (Aktaş), the children’s book editor of Çınar Publishing, a former employee of Radikal, handed over the texts, and our illustrator Dilem Özgür illustrated the stories with her exquisite drawings.”
“I always wanted to be a footballer. But when I wore glasses in the middle, I didn’t have that chance. Yet, before I fell asleep, I dreamed for an hour what kind of footballer I would be. I would also like that there was a cure that would save me from glasses.I was 35 when laser therapy was discovered.I had to continue my football career on the carpet pitch.
“Consistency was the key”
*You mention in the book that when you were little, you decided to be a coherent person. Why was it important for you to be consistent? Because it was your mother’s advice?
Of course, my mother’s advice was important, but as a generation we grew up in a Turkey of different values from the 70s. It can be described as nostalgia, but honesty, consistency and consciousness were important social criteria at that time. The bourgeoisie may have little purchasing power, but its efforts to cling to life, the desire to access knowledge and the universal, and the effort to raise the generations with principles are a teaching of the Republic.
* You dedicated the book to your mother. When do you miss him the most?
I miss you all the time. He was a special mentor, fighting for the education of his children in poverty. He was cheerful, mischievous, trying to lighten life’s burdens with his jokes. He was also good with the writing action. Daily notes were written in small notebooks; Like “Ugur is sick today”, “Mine started school today”. He wrote a note on the back of every photo in the house. These are simple efforts but very valuable to me.
*All the stories in the book are very naive, very sweet… I think the period they lived in also had an effect. How was your childhood?
Already a beautiful day ahead. Routine school life, then playing ball in empty fields, comics, black and white televisions, match broadcast on the radio, generations ‘Back Tomorrow’, ‘Radio Ecole’, fights with the children of the lower district, picking blackberries in sleeping in corners on the coast, playing marbles, chewing gum… Don’t collect photos of movie actors going out… I think our childhood was spent in paradise despite misery.
*Are you worried if kids born in the digital age will understand me? You tell of a childhood that does not contain computers, telephones, tablets…
One of the last comics I followed, ‘Conan’ was billed as ‘the invincible warrior of the primeval ages’. What I said may sound like this to children of the digital age, but I think they will listen. There is also a fact; When my nephew Emre came to see me when he was little, he said to him: “There is a television in this house, there are comics, there are cats, there is a collection of jerseys, there there are books, there are DVDs. If I had come to such a house as a child, I would have said, “I would never have left.” But over time, I realized that my determination didn’t contain much truth, and that it was an extension of a dream about our generation.
* Are you good with children?
One of my closest friends is Ali Güney, the son of our colleagues from the Bahar Çuhadar-Olkan Özyurt couple. I’m also on good terms with their daughter, June. I play puns for Ali Güney like I do for adults, he likes it. We get on well with Ali, the son of my film critic friend Yeşim Burul…
“So there are other virtues in life than hard work”
*We learn from the book that he decided to be a humorous person saying “Honest people don’t have to be boring”…
I attended three primary schools and was top of the class in all three. When I won boarding school and went to Arifiye, I was now a member of a group of selected students. First place is gone! However, I studied science and mathematics in high school, it’s different. Over time, I’ve come to realize that when I crack a joke or give a mischievous response to the teacher in class, I get the same attention as when I was first…I said, “So , other virtues are valued in life besides hard work, I’ll get out of here now.”
* You regularly went to the cinema with your family. Which films have you been most influenced by? From the clue in the book, I’m guessing someone is the “Bike Thieves”…
I watched it on TV. I loved the ‘Tarkan’ movies, my late dad took me to the ‘Silver Saddle’ telling a lie like ‘We’re going shopping’ because my sister is young! There was an outdoor cinema in front of our house in Balıkesir, the employees there liked me very much, I used to cut tickets with them every night and then watch a movie. Zeki Alasya-Metin Akpınar’s comedies, ‘Tosun Pasha’, westerns with Giuliano Gemma-Bud Spencer, actions with Franco Nero, ‘The Cub and the Clerk’ series, Hitchcock’s ‘Birds’ have deep traces that remain in my mind…
The book was published by Çınar Publications.
*The idea of being a film critic came to you because you liked to show your friends, “I watched this movie”…
That’s the joke, of course. But there is a situation like this: when I was in boarding school, I used to go out to my relative in Izmit on weekends. The vision films came to their site at the same time as Istanbul, and I watched them and told them in school. I described ‘Superman’ in such a way that it was as if I had shot the movie! I struggled to write, and being a film critic involved two enjoyable disciplines, both writing and watching. I started my career as a reporter and after two or three years I took on the identity of “film writing”.
*Will the adventures of Contradiction Known Taste continue?
Who knows! Maybe he will go on great adventures…