Aslı Omur is a prolific writer. She is a freelance journalist for hire and a free agent. She writes about: film, people, books and authors, art and artists, music and musicians, cultures, travels, sexuality, cuisines, small businesses and their owners, finance, science & technology, genocide, war time, personalities, stereotypes, urban living, minimalism, simple lifestyles and life off the grid, among many other topics. She is also a published poet and photographer. Her life is one big curation & curiosità. Her article subjects, clients, friends & intimates call her a thorough reporter, coolspotter, trendstarter, creative thinker, sleuth & always a student.
asliomur has written 54 posts for This Is My Happy Place

Who Took Johnny?

Johnny Gosch, a sweet, freckle-faced 12-year-old Iowa paper boy, ventured out early on the 5th of September, 1982, to start his morning delivery route. He took his red wagon and dachshund puppy, Gretchen, as company. By 6 a.m., his red wagon with undelivered newspapers and puppy were both found abandoned on the sidewalk. Other young … Continue reading

A San Francisco Unknown Treasure: The Three Black Beauties of Nob Hill

Three kittens encountered in my neighborhood. One, a mother, the others, her son and daughter. Their purring in unison, unmistakable. This is how they communicate. Upon inquiry from neighbors, I learn they have roamed this particular urban corridor for over 12 years. People come and go. They saw it all. A decade came and went. … Continue reading

Machine vs. Human: Paglan’s Transcendence transcends what we’ve come to expect from science fiction cinema

This year’s Sci-Fi film of merit, Transcendence, has garnered more nay than yay. In the starring role, Johnny Depp plays Dr. William Caster, a respected researcher of Artificial Intelligence at the University of California Berkeley. Caster’s wife, Evelyn, is effortlessly conveyed by Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town, Closed Circuit), a guileless scientist who … Continue reading

Felix Van Cleeff’s The Crimson Sea: A New Sound With Old Memories From The Netherlands

Filmmaker and musical poet, Felix Van Cleeff (The Violet Hour, My Bethesda Angel, Black Dog), has released a second album, The Crimson Sea, filled with tempting, hypnotic jazz-grunge melodies. Van Cleeff is the man behind the pen, writing and composing all the songs on the album. It was produced and mastered by Floyd Raynor. Accompanying Van Cleeff‘s … Continue reading

Guglielmo Cavellini’s Art On Exhibit At San Francisco’s Istituto Italiano Di Cultura

Brescia-born Italian artist, Guglielmo Cavellini, best known for his coined term, ”autostoricizzazione” (self-historicization), made art that preserved his legacy. He wanted to be his own biographer, and have charge over his own public persona and representation. These works do just that. In collaboration with Archivio Cavellini in his hometown of Brescia and the LYNCH THAM … Continue reading

Deyarteb, the first.

I. Stolen strength the thief runs through the house of truth An angry smile Banshee! cloaked in false moralities you feel righteous in your wrongdoing you partake of stale bread and dare to call it nourishment II. Your wounds only bare bandage And yet, the most reverent stream begs to cleanse you you refuse  Coward! Conformist! … Continue reading

The cruel gods

Cruel gods with yellow voices They mix the potions, in a quiet place Doubt. Finding you in a private space They pluck you from your tree Before you slip into the earth Succumb. Turn you into stone Living in the costume of another A murder!

La condition humaine and other fates.

pomegranate leaves a bloody lip oozing out, is life, pulsing, and i can sense that it’s been a long time since someone anointed your ears with kind words the sullen morning, is reverent she dies a thousand deaths just to not run into you, upset your order sunlight fills her hair, like fire, and she’s … Continue reading

How To Move To San Francisco

Contemplating a move anywhere can elicit many feelings and stir up new ideas or old fears, all at once. It can be inspiring, terrifying and just the call to action you have been seeking as you plan to take a new step in your career or education, live your dreams or just expose yourself to … Continue reading


His eyes were icy blue Like the waters he dove into Tears of Narcissus.

Mortality meets its match in “My Bethesda Angel”

Los Angeles may be the City of Angels, but New York is certainly a city of fallen angels dreaming in a concrete jungle. Floating and running. Running from each other, sometimes into themselves, trying to blend into a city scape and its enshrouded nature and history. Seeking to be noticed, and yet at the same … Continue reading

Sins are lived twice and men are mirrors in The Place Beyond The Pines

Sins are lived twice and men act as mirrors of each other, regardless of how disparate their histories and futures. They atone of their transgressions in mere glances. This isn’t just a movie, a film, or simply a script – this is real life. As sloppy, unforgiving and secretive as a hard life lived breathlessly. … Continue reading

Secrets are dangerous things in The Company You Keep

Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” is (almost) a hippie-modern retelling of “Les Misérables” in the format of “All The Presidents Men”. Redford is both actor and director for the first time since his 2007 film “Lions for Lambs.” “The Company You Keep” (to open in theaters on April 12, 2013) re-spins the tale, by way of … Continue reading

Damsels in Distress, L.A. Gangsters & Dick Tracy Redux.

Films based on books based on “real” people’s lives are often not an easy sell. Ruben Fleischer’s GANGSTER SQUAD, based on Tales from the Gangster Squad by journalist Paul Lieberman, plays all the parts expected. It’s Tommy guns, Studebaker shoot-outs, furs and flash bulbs, the overdone trope of Jessica Rabbit damsels in distress, blockbuster gangsters, male bimbos, quaint ’40s … Continue reading

You flew!

I have wandered through the vastness of your entire life just by touching your forearm as we drive I have sneezed you into a victorious alignment with the highest of stars I saw you before you saw yourself I learned of your movement and the palpitations you incurred minutes before your release I wanted to … Continue reading

Alex – “Truth”

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