Azar Nafisi in bed with Jonathan Franzen, John Irving, Jane Austin


Azar Nafisi in bed with Jonathan Franzen, John Irving, Jane Austin
by Darius Kadivar

The Connecticut Forum's "Forum Book Club" on Saturday, May 7, 2011, withauthors Azar Nafisi and Jonathan Franzen and moderator Colin McEnroe. Writers John Irving, Jonathan Franzen and Azar Nafisi took the stage at The Bushnell Theater in Hartford on Saturday for a spirited and enlightening conversation about their craft, their lives and the world we live in. (Full Debate Should Soon be available Online Here )

Azar Nafisi on being in bed with Jonathan Franzen, John Irving, Jane Austin and others :

Azar Nafisi explains what she does with authors in bed and why she doesn't want to know them as people. Nafisi participated at The Connecticut Forum's "Forum Book Club" with authors Jonathan Franzen and John Irving and moderator Colin McEnroe.

John Irving - "If Ahab had a family, maybe he wouldn't have given a crap about the White Whale!"

John Irving discusses dysfunction in literature, and touches on classic examples of REAL literary dysfunction and how classic novels would be unrecognizable without it.

Jonathan Franzen - What makesa family dysfunctional?

Jonathan Franzen explains whyhe hates the word "dysfunction" and describes his own version of a"dysfunctional family"

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THE PRICE OF SILENCE: Azar Nafisi at São Paulo's Book Fair

Azar Nafisi on Canadian Q TV With Jian Ghomeshi

Azar Nafisi on New Media and Social Networking in Iran

Azar Nafisi on Iran and human rights (Audio File)

Reading Lolita in Tehran's Azar Nafisi discusses Iran's cultural crisis -- and how the West got it wrong.


International award given to Iranian Women ( AUDIO FILE: Azar Nafisi)

Azar Nafisi and Hooman Majd on David Frost Morning Show

Azar Nafisi on Q TV


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To my American cousins only

by anglophile on

And you guys call this an intellectual debate?!

You guys in the States must be so intellectually malnourished that you find this intellectually rewarding. This was just like stupid chat show in which the audience force themselves to laugh. Compared to a British chatshow it sounds like a f***t in a space suit (look how Angie Dickenson is laughing out loud:


Thanks for sharing

by Mahvash Shahegh on

WOW!!!! Finally after so long, I watched an intellectual, literary and meaningful conversation! Thank you, Dariush for posting it. Delam baaz shod!

Azarin Sadegh


by Azarin Sadegh on

Unlike you, I found these videos super funny and these authors seem totally down to earth and in some points so out of their comfort zone!! For example, in the second video, Irving is hilarious while stuttering over the question on literature's interest in dysfunctional individual or families!!


If this interview and these people are boring and pretentious then what isn't?


Pretentious and boring.

by Simorgh5555 on

Pretentious and boring.


Tasteful, Witty and Zytunghaufen at the same time

by Amousonny on

Thanks for sharing these clips. They are funny, yet so factual and real 



Azarin Sadegh

Darius jan,

by Azarin Sadegh on

I totally get you...I'm also like you! I get mad instantly and throw a tantrum, but minutes later I've already forgotten why!  

I hope you would accept my formal apology for my lack of caring! I know I am a total ignorant in certain areas...Yes! I am so aware of most of my shortcomings (but not all and sometimes I insist to stay in denial) and so I can only count on friends like you to help me discover and fix myself as much as possible :-)



this is a great post, dk

by humanbeing on

it has many of the things that interest me; nafisi is great (and azarin, you can have orhan he's all yours, nafisi can have hers, i'm taking nabokov and plato), and there are no families or friendships without 'dysfunction' -- and certainly no good belles lettres without it! 


Darius Kadivar

Glad You enjoyed it Azarin Jaan ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Good to see you back too.


PS: Les Meilleurs Amis ... Surtout quand ils sont Intellectuels ... se fâchent souvent mais jamais pour longtemps  ... Je t'embrasse de Paris !

Azarin Sadegh

I LOVE this conversation...and I love Nafisi

by Azarin Sadegh on

I guess I am all for being in bed with great authors like these guys! Franzen and Irving are phenomenal writers of our time (of course they're not as sexy as Orhan Pamuk ..:-)

Azar Nafisi is deliciously funny and smart. I can't love her more...

Thank you so much for sharing, dear Darius!