Hi, my name is Uluç. The host of mürmur podcast.
For the last 3 years, mürmur has allowed complete strangers of New York City a platform to openly talk about their lives in the convenience of my humble East Village studio apartment.
Yes. Complete strangers. No background checks. No nothing. Everyone is welcome.
Through a simple street flyer, 250 of these unannonced guests have randomly appeared in my home, for completely spontaneous, one hour conversations.
Everyone from doctors, homeless, rock stars, lawyers, former child actors, nazis, models, single mothers, prostitutes, wrestlers, famous writers, trust-fund babies, teachers, and even, yes, a deaf person, have appeared on the show.
But i'm most proud to say, that I haven't once, denied anyone from entering my home, and expressing their voice, because I viewed them as being unfit, or threatening.
These engagements have proved to be a rich source of learning, understanding, courage, and hope for both myself, and my guests. It's both powerful, and therapeutic in a time when collective compassion seems to be at all time low.
Unfortunately, my landlord is now putting an end to mürmur.
Even though mürmur is entirely cost free, and not a business, the owner of the building considers it a liability to the rest of the tenants.
So I am being given an ultimatum. If I want to stay, I'll be subjected to once a month inspections to ensure I have no audio recording equipment of any kind in my apartment. This means someone showing up to my home on a regular basis to regulate what I can, or can't have in my home.
If I don't comply with these conditions, I will be both evicted, and sued.
Why am I writing this? Because I need your help.
I'm not here to fight my landlord and show that I have the right to do as I please in my own home. If anything, he is an OK guy. But, mürmur will now need a new home, and I will have to move out in the next month.
I started mürmur to pay homage to the strangers that saved my life. I want to keep doing it so I can keep being of service to others in need of a friend, and a shoulder to cry on.
The least I can ask of you is to SHARE this post. That's all.
If you'd like to go on step above, feel free to contribute on the link I placed in the comments section. My gratitude for you will be infinite.
Through celebration and acceptance of our differences, in a non-judgmental, inclusive dialogue, Mürmur attempts to act as a vanguard against oppressive, and intolerant forces of the world.
It’s my air, and my purpose for living. The only thing in my entire life that I've been proud of.
Please share, and support. God bless, and thank you.