Wednesday, September 9, 1998 / Shahrivar 18, 1377, No. 559
By Jasmine Darznik
With time, he starts spending the night--just a few days of the week at first, but eventually most all nights. You are enraptured by the novelty and strangeness of the situation and find yourself more than a little thrilled by your own daring. With him you will shed your shy self and learn to laugh with the same youthful abandon as the American girls who surround you. Or so you believe. You follow him everywhere. You make no other friends. You mistake the anticipation of love for love itself. Your double-life begins.
You call your father every Saturday morning after your boyfriend leaves to go for a run. Sometimes, though, he will sleep in and you'll have to stretch the telephone chord all the way to the bathroom, lock the door, run the water full blast, and call home from there.
"Yes, everything's fine. . .I'm fine. . ."
Your father says, "You must not shame me, Leily. You are not like the American girls. I did not raise you that way."
You keep the phone calls a secret from your boyfriend, and you keep your boyfriend a secret from your father. After these furtive exchanges you step under a stream of water so hot it nearly scalds your skin. You wish you could deafen your ears to your father's voice and then, maybe then, strip your body clean of its shame and even the memory of shame... go to feature
Saideh Pakravan, editor of Chanteh in Virginia recalls:
After the 1979 revolution, one of the former senior officials of the Shah had been arrested and put in Evin prison. His son would visit him regularly, but for some reason he wouldn't drive to the prison; he walked. And he always looked immaculate. He usually wore a long coat and carried a cane, very gentlemanly.
One day as he was walking up to the prison to visit his father, a car came up to him and stopped. The driver pulled down his window and said: "Excuse me, sir. Could you give me the direction to the Underground (London subway)?"
Khatami pledges peaceful solution to Afghan crisis
TEHRAN, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Iranian President
Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday pledged to seek a peaceful solution to a crisis
with the Afghan Taleban and said he doubted U.S. sincerity in its expressed
concern. ``We cannot remain indifferent towards the lives of our citizens,
and particularly our diplomats, who have been attacked and taken hostage
in violation of international law,'' the moderate Shi'ite Moslem clergyman
said ... FULL TEXT
Iran Steps Up Pressure On Taleban Over Diplomats
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran has stepped up pressure on the Afghan Taleban over the fate of Iranians caught up faction fighting, and the United States warned against military action. The latest in a series of contrasting messages by Iranian leaders warned the purist Islamic movement that rules most of neighboring Afghanistan of unspecified consequences if the missing Iranians were not released ... FULL TEXT
Iranians Cheer American Wrestlers
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Some 12,000 Iranian fans
cheered American wrestlers taking part in the World Wrestling Championship
on Wednesday, despite losses in a tough day for the American team. ... FULL
Samad Behrangi: "Little Black Fish" 30th anniversatry
Up five tromans,
Your only place
Alone now, your head is splitting with pain and you yearn to curl into yourself and sleep yourself into oblivion. But instead you rise to walk the length of your carpet. Back and forth, back and forth. Your only place on this earth might be this one tiny room, and this carpet may be the only field you ever let yourself roam.
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