Film Review: OSS 117 Le Caire, nid d’espions

A comedy set in the Middle East and made by a Western director (a French one, Michel Hazanavicius, no less!) has the automatic potential to be incredibly politically incorrect. Alas, all comedies are by nature politically incorrect and as a rule I believe that, to an extent, comedy is allowed to lampoon (otherwise this world … More Film Review: OSS 117 Le Caire, nid d’espions

Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark

 Michael Sinan-a.k.a. Mr Gay Denmark-should be considered one of Islam’s modern heroes.  Mr. Sinan’s life and message would be considered radical-probably even blasphemous-among Conservative Muslims, but I feel that they should be broadcast to the world. While many people, whether straight Americans or fanatic Muslims, would laugh at Mr. Sinan and deride him for his … More Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark

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”

An Eternal Mansion, Veiled Women and a Submissive Moon: The Koran

Beauty can be found even in the most unpleasant or unassuming of places. Even those things that are horrid, or evil, or disturbing, can contain a strange and austere beauty. While I certainly wouldn’t describe the Koran as evil or horrid, I am sometimes distraught by some of it’s passages, although I recognize that everything … More An Eternal Mansion, Veiled Women and a Submissive Moon: The Koran