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Friday, February 4, 2000 / Bahman 15, 1378, No. 910


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Drama

The Blacks
Sensory feat of a supreme kind

By Soma
February 4, 2000
The Iranian

The House of Khorshid is not where the sun is trapped. If it weren't for the design, looked at from above, streaked with concrete slabs that shoot off a concrete semi-circle, it would have been the ultimate misnomer. In fact, the sun has no way of finding its way into the opaque, black-bean-shaped stage. It opened in Tehran last month to house a play, appropriately called SIAHA.

But the choice of location is hardly accidental. Should we say, rather, that the chance occurrence which brought the director of the play, Hamed Mohammad-Taheri, face to face with the basement of the City Theater, was part of the reason which gave birth to the staging of Genet's THE BLACKS >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Outlook

From MBA to Internet Success
In just four years, Farhad Mohit has helped take BizRate.com from a business school project to one of the top 50 Web destinations.

By DENISE GELLENE
Los Angeles Times
February 2, 2000

His company has attracted millions from investors, but Farhad Mohit's credit is so bad he had trouble getting a car loan. He was kicked out of his West Hollywood apartment for making too much noise. He's notorious for his shouting matches.

So why are smart people giving 30-year-old Mohit their money?

His company, BizRate.com, operates one of the top 50 destinations on the Web. Online merchants are signing up for his service at a rate of 15 a day. It employs 130 people, up from six two years ago >>> FULL TEXT

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    Anyway

Meekhaay bekhaah, meekhaay nakhaah

I guess there are different ways of attracting women. One way is to hessabi poz bedi, keh "man elam o belam". Then there's the low key approach, like, you might just tell a woman, "I'm a man. Take it or leave it." So do you think this guy has a chance? >>> READ PERSONAL AD


More Letters

* Revealing

Hamid Taghavi writes: This Internet revolution has helped shorten some people's fuses and given them a way to shoot their mouths off quickly, without putting too much rational thinking behind their rapid firebacks, with seeming impunity. Some have been conditioned in typically low quality chatrooms and newsgroups, which collectively have the cognitive value of a broomstick. In those newsgroups and chatrooms the prevailing mindset seems to be how much you can type without waking up your brain, how loud you can yell to compensate for the lack of substance behind your say, and to what ridiculous extents you can take arguments that go on ad-infinitum.

From time to time you can see the same mindset creeping into Iranian.com. You can see it in how people react to articles, how they feel entitled to debasing and insulting authors of those articles or the publisher of the magazine and whole groups of people of a belief system in the process. Their protestations amount to something to the effect of "I didn't agree with your viewpoint therefore your mother is a whore" or "I didn't like the article that you published, therefore you're a sag Bahai." >>> FULL TEXT

* Taboo

Amin writes: I would like to comment on your sexual adeventure in Tijuana ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. This article offended many Iranians for many reasons, namely because we Iranians, like others from Eastern and Muslim countries, consider sex outside marriage a taboo. For many Iranians, sex must be done WHITHIN marriage.

And in Iran you have boys and girls who fall in love or they are physically attracted to each other but they cannot have sex because society can't in anyway accept sexual relations whitout getting married.

And as an Iranian boy who grew up in Iran, I know about sexual needs and sexual hunger. Maybe many Mexican prostitutes know Iranians, but believe me, many prostitutes in Dubai and Istanbul know Iranians very well also.

* Touch of humor

M. Asadi writes: For god's sake, give me a break. What the hell is wrong with a story about a little whorehouse where some of our countymen hang out ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. Not being a night club or a bar person, I found the story very refreshing with a touch of humor.

* Rated T (trash)

Davood M. writes: I am outraged with the letters expressing discontents to the article "Nice ladies, amigo?". For those people who are not happy because the article has no literary value I must say that, the author never claimed he was writing a masterpiece, or an investigative report. He was simply talking about his personal experience ...

I have a recommendation: maybe it is time that The Iranian starts using some sort of rating and warning system. I am not suggesting that you can't criticize an idea or the style of an article. I am suggesting, STOP saying "I Don't Like It, Take It Out". I am sick and tired of reading these types of comments over and over again. It is sickening to hear this from people who ran away from laws like that >>> FULL TEXT


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A workshop on Hafez and a night of poetry reading by Dr. Esmail Khoi-- poet and philosopher. TIME: 7 PM. Saturday February 5th. PLACE: Cascade Room second floor Smith Memorial Center, Portland State University.

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