Did you have ideas of what you wanted to include in the magazine when you first founded it, or did all the ideas come from contributors?
It worked in both ways. I had ideas of things that I really wanted to be in there, and things that I heard about when I got to Istanbul and I'd think, "This needs to be in the magazine." My very favorite piece is an example of that. It's about a guy who makes tea in the Grand Bazaar. It's not innovative tea, it's not incredible tea, it's not done in traditional way, it's just through boiling tap water and tea leaves, but it's in this little cubbyhole in the Grand Bazaar in this little space, and that's what's so fascinating. On the wall he has about 20 telephones wired directly to 20 different stores around the market. They phone him up and he doesn't even say anything, he just registers their order then hangs up phone, makes the tea, then the attendant takes it off down these winding streets. There's something so perfect about a story like that.