Late night browse
Taking a break from motherhood to read letters
October 5, 2004
It's almost one in the morning but I don't feel tired,
even though I got only 18 or maybe 20 hours of
sleep this whole week. I usually can't go to
bed till 4 or 5 and if do, I toss
and turn so many times that sometimes Afshin
get out of bed and goes downstairs to watch ESPN.
Then Hasan wakes us up 6 or 7 in the morning by coming to our
room (he calls it OUR room too, by the way) and whispers: "Are
you still asleep, Sheila?" I let out a
groan hoping that it doesn't sound like "yeah" so he
would leave me alone. Yeah, right. As if I have not lived with
this 5-year-old creature
to know how persistent the little bugger can
You see, little Mr Smartass has to be entertained. Must be
entertained. No freakin doubt about it. So forget about deep sweet
the sun's up and god forbid if you miss it. Then you're going to
hear it from the love of your life, the apple of your eyes till
8:30-9 at night -- non stop. This machine has no buttons, no remote
control to turn it down or at least to put on mute.
Tonight Hasan is asleep and Afshin is not home. I can't go to
bed, not even to lie down. Not being exhausted is a big deal
to me, Sheila Khaabaaloo. So here I am, back in what I
call the big pool, that is iraninan.com's letters
section. I've always loved the letters section. I guess it's
based on this theory of mine that if someone has something intelligent
to say, it would sound more powerful in a few words as opposed
to an essay.
Plus, to be honest, I'm a bit on the nosy side, craving to know
what people had to say about this article or that art essay and
then I would KNOW them better, since most of the letters are written
by frequent visitors of this magazine.
Still, I can't figure them out. One can find contradiction in
all the letters and the way the persons behind them claim
they see the world.
It's sort of impossible to avoid letters dictating what should
or should not be published, or telling writers of such and such
article how they should think and what kind of ideology they should
have. And of course there are letters declaring shame on those
who see the world differently. Meanwhile it's hard not to remember
that they themselves always condemn Iran's current regime for
not letting people think for themselves and punish those who have
a different belief.
It's now 2:30 in the morning, thanks to the stupid computer. It
crashes on me every freakin 10 minutes and makes me rewrite my
mail that was not saved yet!
I'm still going through the letters... Shirin Ebadi is being bashed
by some readers, praised by others. Maybe it's time for her opponents
to get up and do something. You all sound like strong-willed intellectuals
and I bet you could have an idea or two that could be useful for
the future of Iran, which we all say we care for. Leave Ebadi alone.
Supporters and foes, let her be. She is not wonder woman.
We don't live in comic strip books. Snap out of the fantasy.
One reader objected to two articles, "Dar
onfovaan-e Javani" and "Dokhtari
beh naam-e Gohar". They might not be the best in iran's
litreture, in fact one can find so many flaws in it (the most obvious one:
it's rather very rare for women to have their period while pregnant).
is entitled to criticize it, but I think we should know the motto of this
website by now. and looks like we all accept it, that's why we
keep coming back here,
to get more. The site has enough variety to satisfy all the readers tastes.
If you just skip articles by Alborz, you might not need the restroom.