The Iranian Times

Friday, September 25, 1998 / Mehr 3, 1377, No. 570

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    In a world of his own
    More on artist and poet Manoucher Yektai

    By A Friend

    Manoucher Yektai is a loner, if there ever was one. He is extremely purposeful and quiet. He is so intensely in himself that neither his English nor his French could be regarded as languages of a person who has spent over fifty-five years of his life almost exclusively in France and the U.S. His Persian is his own, too.

    It is only in the past thirty years, ever since his first book of poetry was published --- an explosive narration full of sadness and rage against the backwardness and inhumanity of Iranians towards themselves -- that he has unravelled the language that has been brewing in him in his years of solitude. You will find him immaculately dressed and very charming in a quiet way.

    You will not guess that he has been a friend -- an intimate friend -- to the likes of Jackson Pollock. His eyes detect frauds and genuine art. He never subscribed to the suspect values of the Andy Warhols of his time. He's in a world of his own. Living in a Manhattan mansion has not changed one iota of his personality... GO TO FEATURE



    Closing days of summer bring snow in Mazandaran

    Noshahr, Mazandaran Prov., Sept. 13, (IRNA) - The sudden fall of temperature brought with it early snowfall which covered Alamkouh heights and Takht-e Soleyman in kthe Kardasht district.

    In the closing days of summer, snowfall made the people of Kalardasht use heaters. The district governor Firouz Saam, called on oil ministry officials to assist local people with their needed winter fuel.


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* Kafka meets Beckett

Asghar Massombagi writes: These very funny and astute cartoons ["Not funny"] reveal an absurd and hallucinatory aspect of life in the republic which can only be described as Kafka meets Beckett.

It reminds one of all those surrealist and strange works of art coming out of the Eastern bloc in the sixties and seventies which exposed regimes which were found on an illusion and did their damnedest to protect it; they claimed they lived in utopia and simply ordered everyone to close their eyes to the slim oozing out of every crack and crevice of the society... FULL TEXT

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Homayon J. writes: I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for providing Iranians around the world with such a comprehensive site (news and data). My family and I enjoy your site very much.

* Alavi's mystical installations, Santa Clara


Contemporary artist Seyed Alavi seeks to capture the ecstatic experiences of poets and mystics from varied cultures and spiritual backgrounds. For this exhibition, he has created installations using common, everyday materials with which he hopes "to inspire thinking and contemplation." Opening Friday, September 25, 1998 7 p.m. de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University. RSVP 408-554-4528

* Play: Berkeley play based on Hedayat's story
* Musical: : "Seven Valleys" in Berkeley
* Film: "Adam barfi" ("The Snow Man) in Berkeley

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*yRushdie deal triumph for Iran's Khatami

TEHRAN, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The agreement between Britain and Iran over Salman Rushdie represents a triumph for moderate President Mohammad Khatami in his struggle with diehard veterans of the Islamic revolution for the soul of Iran, analysts said on Friday... FULL TEXT

AI concerned about arrest of journalists

Sept 25 (Amnesty International) - The human rights organization is alarmed by recent reports that four employees of the Iranian daily newspaper Tous were arrested between the 16 and 20 September 1998. Mashallah Shamsolva'ezin, Hamid Reza Jalaipour, Mohammad Javadi Hessar and Ibrahim Nabavi were reportedly detained following the publication of an article questioning the policies of the Iranian government in Afghanistan and condemning the recent military build-up on Iran's eastern borders... FULL TEXT

Iran shows new missile for first time

TEHRAN, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Iran on Friday showed for the first time its latest medium-range missile, the Shehab-3, a weapon U.S. President Bill Clinton said could change the ``stability dynamics'' of the Middle East... FULL TEXT

British-Iranian ties ease path for UK oil firms

LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Britain's resumption of full diplomatic relations with Iran will smooth the way for British companies to compete for business in Iran's coveted oil and gas sector, analysts said on Friday... FULL TEXT

Azadegan league in full gear

TEHRAN (Hamshahri) - Azadegan soccer league matches give the impression that teams are gradually falling into place... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Khoshaa aan keh khar aamad-o gaav raft.

(Happy he/she who was born an ass and died a cow: The more stupid the happier.)

From Simin Habibian's "1001 Persian-English Proverbs"

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