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Culture, The Exhibitionist Less Veils, More Poetry -- Marjane Satrapi on Iran and Her Latest Film <em>Chicken with Plums</em>

Less Veils, More Poetry -- Marjane Satrapi on Iran and Her Latest Film Chicken with Plums

Marjane Satrapi told her story about growing up in Iran, the fall of the Shah's regime, and going to Vienna to study in her multi-volume graphic novel, Persepolis. She and Vincent Parounnaud made that story into an animated movie of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Persepolis, Texas</i> Tells Us About Ourselves via a Persian Drag Queen from the South

Persepolis, Texas Tells Us About Ourselves via a Persian Drag Queen from the South

Drape yourself in black. Stare in the mirror. Put on some fake eyelashes. Now put on your favorite song. Look side to side, up and down, blink to the beat and melody of the music. Dance only with your…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fresh! (Way) Off the Boat

Fresh! (Way) Off the Boat

There’s a long tradition of immigrants’ tales of marginalization in insular American communities — in fact, it may be the defining American story. But as common as those stories are, it’s fair to say that Maryam Farnaz Rostami, a San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Single-Cel Organisms

Single-Cel Organisms

It’s a crime, frankly, that Pixar will shortly be salivating over a fifth Animated Feature Oscar at a time when Hayao Miyazaki, The Triplets of Belleville, Sin City, Persepolis, and Waltz with Bashir have reclaimed animation for adults. As the…
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Film, This Girl's Life

This Girl's Life

Persepolis is a small landmark in feature animation. Not because of technical innovation — though it moves fluidly enough, and its drawings have a handcrafted charm forgotten in the era of the cross-promoted-to-saturation CGI-'toon juggernauts — but because it translates…
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Culture, Books

Stand Up, Comics

I'm glad to be female when I say that comic books have never been part of my reading list. Because if I were a guy, I'd pretty much have to admit that I read Spider-Man and Archie as a kid,…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Recent books like Persepolis and Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi and Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi have tipped us off: Iranian authors are hot, hot, hot! Seriously, such "flavor of the month" language would…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 Before we start, understand that we have a boner for '70s post-apocalyptic fantasies -- Omega Man, Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green -- that makes it easier to forgive the shortcomings of THX 1138, the 1971…
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Calendar, Night&Day Comix Relief

Comix Relief

Marjane Satrapi was your typical 6-year-old: sassy, demanding, and full of good intentions. But unlike the average kid, she wanted to be a prophet. Her goal was to right all the wrongs in the world, like the fact that the…
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