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Older people in Shiraz still remember Siroos Ghahremani: a weird mixture of traditional “Ma’rekehgir”, Anthony Quin’s character in Fellini’s La Strada, with a touch of Hollywood and Italian ‘historic’ movies of the 1950s. In the early 1960s he established himself as the only star of his popular one-man show. He also made a small private “zoo” in Shiraz to make some money on the side by showing off his skinny malnourished animals caught in small cages.
Older people in Shiraz still remember Siroos Ghahremani: a weird mixture of traditional “Ma’rekehgir”, Anthony Quin’s character in Fellini’s La Strada, with a touch of Hollywood and Italian ‘historic’ movies of the 1950s. In the early 1960s he established himself as the only star of his popular one-man show. He also made a small private “zoo” in Shiraz to make some money on the side by showing off his skinny malnourished animals caught in small cages.

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This piece is only in Persian. To read it in Persian click here.

Summery in English: The post is about an Iranian student of Physics in Princeton in the 1930s named Mahmoud Hessaby. After graduation from Princeton Mahmood Hessaby went back to Iran and assisted the new pro-Western Iranian government to establish a “School of Sciences” in the brand-new “University of Tehran”. Years later in the 1990s, his son Iraj Hessaby claims that his father was a friend of Albert Einstein, Niles Bohr, Schrodinger, and Dirac; and makes up stories about the incredible adventures of his father in Princeton university. Within a two-year period the book is published thirty times. The post is a commentary on one of the stories from that book. It also brings up the question why such a ridiculous book became so popular in Iran.

Roger Cohen and Iran

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This February Roger Cohen wrote a series of OP-EDs in New York Times that many here, in the United States found “controversial.” I didn’t see anything in them but truth and simple description of the country as I know it.
On Thursday, March 12, 2009 Roger Cohen and had a discussion with some members of the Los Angeles Iranian Jewish Community, about his pieces in New York Times. The event was moderated by Rabbi David Wolpe at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.

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Dehkhoda Encyclopedia of Persian is finally online. It is a very belated online presence, considering the fact that there is an Iranian government-funded institution called Dehkhoda Encyclopedia Institute whose sole purpose of existence is to make this encyclopedia available to the public.
Dehkhoda Encyclopedia of Persian is finally online. It is a very belated online presence, considering the fact that there is an Iranian government-funded institution called Dehkhoda Encyclopedia Institute whose sole purpose of existence is to make this encyclopedia available to the public.

Seattle Public Library

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A collection of photos from Seattle Public Library. Maybe the most beautiful library building I have ever seen. It is designed by Paul Thiry. All pictures are taken on June the 30th, 2008.
A collection of photos from Seattle Public Library. Maybe the most beautiful library building I have ever seen. It is designed by Paul Thiry. All pictures are taken on June the 30th, 2008.

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