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Pars Arts

Iranian Culture and Identity Abroad

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Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:58:43 +0000

As you may see from the absence of posts for the last several months, Pars Arts is on indefinite hiatus. The seeming cringe-fest Shahs of Sunset may bring me back, but we’ll have to wait and see. Thank you to everyone who has participated in and supported Pars Arts since our start in 2006 – there […]

Ugly Persian Houses

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 02:34:19 +0000

You know what’s tackier than an ugly Persian house? Using architectural critique as a cover for xenophobia and racism! This site’s writers insist they’re not racist but in the same post drop the term “Ugly Persian Creep” (replace “Persian” with “black” or “Jewish” – does it still sound not-racist?). On their about page, they ask “if you […]

Martha and Najmieh Cook Baghali Polo

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:43:30 +0000

Iranian chef and cookbook legend Najmieh Batmanglij taught Martha Stewart how to make baghali polo with lamb shank on TV this week, as well as explaining Norooz, chahrshanbeh soori, and the haftseen. So cool! (Click the photo above to watch the segment.) (via the lovely new blog Yadashts)

Noroozetan Pirooz

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 02:13:45 +0000

Iran 2011 from Cyrus Dowlatshahi on Vimeo.   1390 begins tomorrow. Happy Norooz to you and yours. This video of beautiful images from Iran was created by Cyrus Dowlatshahi. (Thanks, Cyrus!)

Dalia Sofer on Hedayat

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 04:22:14 +0000

In the 2006 documentary Forever, by Heddy Honigmann, which explores the reasons people visit the famed Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, an Iranian taxi driver standing before Sadegh Hedayat’s grave is visiting because Hedayat wrote of alienation. Later, he turns to the camera and sings the kind of song that, if you are an Iranian trying […]

‘Parazit’ on The Daily Show

Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:26:12 +0000

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Exclusive – Kambiz Hosseini & Saman Arbabi Extended Interview Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook These guys produce a satire show about Iran and they are so funny. Here’s a blog with YouTube embeds. […]

Sweet Tides (Acoustic) – LouLou Ghelichkhani

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 04:45:52 +0000

Thievery Corporation’s LouLou Ghelichkhani and Rob Myers perform Sweet Tides in a stairwell. Eerie and beautiful. (via Persianesque)

“I’m a very proud clicker, and I’ll keep clicking away forever”

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 03:59:11 +0000

They make this look disgusting (silly BBC), but aren’t you just green with envy at how this girl can click and crack and pop every part of her body at will? Well done, Pegah, well done. (via

Ala Ebtekar

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 01:20:58 +0000

Here’s a great (Persian only) video profile of Iranian-American artist Ala Ebtekar, from VOA. Ebtekar has produced some really interesting work across various media, and in this video he lays out his background and what inspires his art. I’m partial to his drawings on book pages, like this one. (Thanks, Charlie James Gallery!)

Tehran WikiLeaks – 1979 Cable

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 03:33:27 +0000

Some “Special Features of Conducting Business in the Persian Environment,” from a 1979 cable sent by U.S. diplomats at the Tehran embassy… (and recently released by WikiLeaks): THERE ARE SEVERAL LESSONS FOR THOSE WHO WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH PERSIANS IN ALL THIS: - –FIRST, ONE SHOULD NEVER ASSUME THAT HIS SIDE OF THE ISSUE WILL BE […]