Halal Pork & Other Stories

Q&A with Cihan

Stories from the book
1.Crimean Saladin
2.Misili Midhib Punk Rock Hijabi from Another Dimension
3.Tom Small Micro-Crusader
4.Isa, American-Turk
5.Halal Pork

Radyo Turkem interview with Cihan Kaan

July 8th, 2011 : Ayla Bakkalli interviews Cihan on her "Democracy Hour" Recorded live (Ustream Video)

Asia Pacific Forum WBAI Interview with Cihan

Feb 3rd, 2011 : Hear Cihan's interview on Asia Pacific Forum on New York's WBAI Pacifica Radio 99.5 at 9pm

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Halal Pork and Other Stories

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In Halal Pork and Other Stories, Kaan projects an avant garde, post 9/11 world, from the perspective of a young Muslim New Yorker. It's a place where Coney Island meets Mars; where hijabi girls are punk rock dervishes; where identity salesmen count pigeons at insane asylums as a cream cheese conspiracy brews in gitmo; where rich boys pay to be Muslim for a day; where the transgendered are holy; and where the bacon is halal. Kaan offers up five urban Sufi tales in the swirling graffiti of Brooklyn.

Welcome to the hip and edgy and vibrant world of Halal Pork & Other Stories, a postcolonial feast where, as the title implies, contradictions reign, the figurative is made literal, stolen homelands are bought back and not fought over, and a Coney Island circus star, garbed in a space suit and known for her levitating act, is none other than the prophetess from another planet. These five, witty stories serve up a refreshing crash course on identity, diaspora, dispossession, and on the not-so-distant future full of "alien-human hybrid forms" seeking their "way to a place of solace, grief, or limbo." An impressive debut.

-R. Zamora Linmark, The Evolution of a Sigh and Leche

"What do you mean you’d never even thought about reading American Tatar Turkish Russian Muslim immigrant Brooklyn post-colonial sci-fi punk-rock short fiction before? After you’ve finished Cihan Kaan’s Halal Pork and Other Stories, you’ll realize how ridiculously narrow-minded you must have been. Irreverent, urgent, funny and refreshingly unpredictable, Kaan entertains and instructs in devious and delightful ways."

-Moustafa Bayoumi editor of The Edward Said Reader (Vintage 2000) How does it Feel to be a Problem: Young and Arab in New York (Penguin 2008)

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