Friday, March 13, 2015

Recommendations: 'Shakespeare in Tehran' by Stephen Greenblatt

"A twinge of disappointment is built into the fulfillment of any desire that has been deferred for too long, so it is not surprising that my experience of paradise, in the form of the Bagh-e Fin, was a slight letdown. So too Shiraz, the fabled city of nightingales and wine, turned out to have more than its share of traffic and dreary 1970s architecture—and, of course, enormous photographs of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the omnipresent martyrs."

                      - Stephen Greenblatt on visiting Iran, in the NY Review of Books.

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