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Good Read – Reading Lolita in Tehran

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Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi

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Product Description:
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they removed their veils and began to speak more freely–their stories intertwining with the novels they were reading by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized hold of the universities and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the women in Nafisi’s living room spoke not only of the books they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments.

Bec Feldhaus says:

“With news coming from Iran and the surrounding countries lately, I thought I’d swipe a book off my shelf I’d been meaning to read for a while. Reading Lolita in Tehran is difficult book to categorize. Some libraries put it in fiction because author Azar Nafisi changed so many names and tweaked so many stories. For my money, it’s a memoir with literary criticism sown in, very cleverly. It’s divided into four sections: Lolita, Gatsby, James and Austen. Each section is based on a time in her life during her years in Iran. Nafisi talks about the literature she had to fight to teach during employment at different universities. Perhaps the most touching section is her private study group with just a handful of young Iranian women. By tackling literature they also assess their own life issues. It’s a historically, emotionally and literarily enlightening book. Enjoy!”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

August 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

morning cram [big difficult edition]

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“The New Orleans Police Department has long battled a bad reputation. But after Hurricane Katrina, the dept’s flaws unraveled.”

~NPR hears how it’s not so easy to be the NOPD.

KENTUCKY~ A state audit criticizes McCracken’s Clerk policies. McCracken County and Paducah agree on paying for ‘pauper burials’. Paducah School students are eating more cafeteria food this year. MSU beats out most state schools on Forbes’ Top 500 list. Fort Campbell’s hospital is expanding in Clarksville’s. A 10-year-old Oak Grove child gets a felony for arson. UK may be forced to turn over participant’s names of a study on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (due out this fall). A bill that would stop executing the mentally ill faces many challenges. A newly signed federal act may impact (but remains totally unclear) food stamp programs. Beshear’s top aide resigns.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Mayor asks his Chief of Staff to resign (then fires him.)

ILLINOIS~ The next (epic) Honeywell and USW sitdown remains unscheduled.