Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rorty's Death in the Iranian Media

Rorty died a few days ago. I read the news about his death on the first page of the newspapers in Iran. I found it sad that for American media the news about Paris Hilton imprisonment is more of a news than the death of one of America's most prominent philosophers. I talked about this to an American friend. She reminded me that Rorty's death was not actually “important news“ that much, hence not worthy of being in the newspapers' first pages. She found that odd that the Iranian media consider such a thing worthy of the first page (not that she thinks Paris Hilton should be on the first page, but she thinks neither one are really important news of the day.)

I don't really know how important Rorty was for Americans, but his last interview in The Progressive shows how important he was for the Iranian secular leftist movment.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Marjaneh Satrapi's Persepolis

I loved the book when it came out a few years ago. Now I cannot wait for the movie. The two trailer that are online are very promising. It seems the movie depicts my generation's childhood in a way no regular movie can capture.

The only thing about Marjaneh Satrapi that bothers me is her nationalism. Persepolis is a very bad name for the story. and the fact that she has changed her last name to "Satrapi" (a reference to Achaemenid satraps) says something about a meaningless pride for an ancient imperalist state that I cannot understand.