You’ve got My Attention, Egypt

Modern-day Egypt–that is, the Egypt that’s not associated with the pyramids or sphynx or Luxor or other motifs of antiquity–rocked onto the international scene this year with their “successful” coup d’etat back during the January 25 revolution. The world was riveted by the fact that Egypt had largely managed to overthrow ol’ Hosni Mubarak without … More You’ve got My Attention, Egypt

Hello, I Shall Seduce you with My General Womanliness

Books are not particularly sexy. A person’s eyes can be seductive, depending on the person. And wearing a headscarf and a bulky full-length coat? In general, not very sexy at all. According to the Saudi  Commitee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (also known as the morality police), women with attractive eyes … More Hello, I Shall Seduce you with My General Womanliness

Struggling for Song in “No One Knows About Persian Cats”

The other night I watched the film No One Knows About Persian Cats, a 2010 Iranian film released by IFC which, like most foreign films, is completely unknown to American viewers and thus totally dishonored.  The film, which highlights actual Iranian bands as it follows the loosely-scripted real-life story of the band Take It Easy Hospital … More Struggling for Song in “No One Knows About Persian Cats”

The Hefty Price of Honor, as shown by Jan Goodwin

Not since Fast Food Nation have I read a more epic, cringing and flat-out astonishing (not to mention well-written) piece of non-fiction than Price of Honor, written by Jan Goodwin. Goodwin, an investigative journalist, spent four years in the Arab world interviewing everyone from poor peasant women on the street to high-ranking shiekhas to even … More The Hefty Price of Honor, as shown by Jan Goodwin