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 weren’t many people talking online about the young Iranian diaspora back then, and luckily there are tons of places to get inspired now.

So if you’re jonesing for Iran-related art/culture/diaspora stuff, may I recommend:

  • The Pars Arts archives – every post from the last 5 years of the site’s existence (look at the top right of this site, and you can browse by category)
  • Yadashts – a super-cool and smart tumblr that’s all up on diaspora life and culture
  • Persianesque – an online magazine that features a lot of interviews with interesting Iranians

Please feel free to add other interesting sites in the comment section below.

Keep your nose clean, Internet! See you whenever!

It’s Been Too Long

Iran is still complicated. Hope you’re keeping up on everything over at Tehran Bureau. A couple of art/culture interviews will be posted here soon.

Pars Arts on KIRN 670 AM


I’ll be on LA’s Iranian radio station, KIRN 670 AM, on Tuesday, May 13, talking with Suzi Khatami during her live show at 8 pm PST, mostly about Pars Arts and maybe some other stuff. It’s my first time on radio!

You can listen live here. (Click the “Listen Live” link at the top of the page and make sure you enable pop-ups for that site.)

If you’re checking in to Pars Arts for the first time because you heard the show, use the links at right to browse the site, and use the search bar at the top right of the page if you are looking for something specific.

Noroozetan Pirooz! (And some notes on this site)

نوروزتان مبارک

Creative Commons License photo credit: Mahyar

Ah, Norooz! Tonight, as Iranians ’round the globe celebrate Chaharshanbeh Soori by jumping over fire (or candles, in my case) for good luck in the new year (1387, in case you’re keeping count), I’m taking a little time to reflect on everyone’s recent time off from the site. You probably noticed that we stopped updating for around six weeks, and the reason for that is not lack of content. It’s lack of time.

I am sitting on a lot of content right now, cool interviews both lined up and completed, and have been for some time. Unfortunately, there’s scant time to do very consuming things like transcribe interviews, write questions for new interviews, properly research and post new stuff, and etc.

Then there are bigger questions, like “What tone should this site have?” and “Who are the people reading it and what do they want to read and see hear?” and “Will there ever be advertising here, or should we just be non-profit?” Also, there’s the question: “Is it okay to use ‘I’ or should I keep it up with the royal (and royally pretentious) ‘we’?” (I think you can tell the answer to that last one by this post.)

These are things I didn’t really think about when I started this experiment, and they are more prominent to me now. Feel free to chime in on any of those questions.

But at the end of the day, everything above? That’s all an excuse. And like any worthwhile endeavor that’s actually pretty fun and rewarding, like those rare things that are actually an end and not just a means to one, it’s time to start up the site again, in earnest.

For starters, I created an Iranian Events Calendar using Google Calendar, to which you can subscribe. It will be curated with the most awesome Iranian events around the globe (and by that I mean there probably won’t be listings for “DJ Gher’s LADIES NIGHT at Club Throb.” No offense to DJ Gher, who I just made up but probably exists). The calendar’s open for submissions now, so please send in your events.

Also, Javod fired things up with his post on ancient animation, and a couple of emails this week reminded me that there is a lot that Pars Arts can still do when it comes to community-building and promoting awesome Iranian things and people. A lot of that may actually be behind the scenes, connecting people and organizations we write about with other Iranians and even non-Iranians that want to engage with them in meaningful ways. And that’s really cool.

So what better time for a fresh start on Pars Arts than Norooz? Consider this post our khooneh-tekooni, and now everything is nice and shiny for the new year.

Take some time to smell the sombol, don’t confuse the samanoo with chocolate sauce (you know you wish it was chocolate sauce), and here’s hoping your goldfish peek at themselves in the mirror when the year changes. Thanks for being patient, thanks for reading and commenting, thanks for your encouragement and all of your feedback. Thanks for passing the site along to your friends.

Here’s to 1387, and to a better Pars Arts moving forward. Have a beautiful Persian New Year.

Good Norooz stuff online:

Happy Yalda! And some thoughts on Pars Arts.

Another year, another Shabeh Yalda… that’s right, kids, it’s time to bust out the pomegranate and halva and celebrate the longest night of the year. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the IRNA has a good write-up and there’s also the Wikipedia page.

This site was on hiatus for most of the last month because of work/life stuff, but I’ll be back next week with some really good and considerably longer posts, and the goal of writing more regularly so there’s always something fresh.

I’m thinking a lot about what Pars Arts should be, because though the group blog thing was a great idea, I know it’s hard for people to make the time to write. And it’s time to take another look at the site and what it should do/be. I have some ideas of my own, but all thoughts on what you want to see here would be much appreciated – you can leave a comment or email me directly: editorATparsartsDOTcom.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Yalda (and a merry Christmas, if you celebrate) and see you on Tuesday.

Original Pars Arts Photos by Lizzie Leitzell


I’m excited to announce the first Pars Arts-commissioned photography, featured in our homepage sidebar. Refresh the page, and each time you’ll see one of eight beautifully shot pictures of Persian artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The photos we had there before were almost all pulled from the web, so it’s great to have some beautiful original shots to take their place.

Many thanks go to New York-based freelance photographer Elizabeth Leitzell. Lizzie is a really talented artist (and a member of the Pars Arts Facebook group), and I’m honored that she agreed to take on this project. Thank you, Lizzie!

Global Voices Interview


Sorry for the lack of posts this week – lots coming as soon as I have a free minute, I promise. In the meantime, check out this interview about Pars Arts with Global Voices. I really love the Global Voices blog and always look forward to seeing their updates in my feed reader. Many thanks to Hamid Tehrani for the interest, and for so kindly linking to our posts for the past several months.

17 Sep 2007, 12:44am
Site News & Updates


Pars Arts on Bebin’s Mel Talk

Well, sort of: There’s a nice shout-out to Pars Arts at the end of this clip, right after the bit about the homophobic gorilla (yes, you read that right). Thanks, Bebin!

Welcome to Pars Arts, new and improved!

We’ve relaunched our site – it’s now being hosted on WordPress and it’s accessible exclusively via ParsArts.com.

Why the relaunch? This project was started in December 2006 with the intention of creating a community of young Iranian writers and artists and readers. We hope this layout helps us get closer to that.

Please be patient as we tidy up broken links and videos that got lost in our move over here. But feel free to pass along this site and let us know what you think. We’re looking for more contributors, so send us your info! Email your feedback to editor[at]parsarts[dot]com.

We’ll Be Right Back

Pardon our absence – we’ve had some back-to-back out-of-town visitors here at Pars Arts headquarters in Brooklyn the last couple of weeks, but we’ll be back in full-force on the day after St. Patty’s. In the works? A review of “300″ that’ll make you want to unsign all those circulating petitions, book reviews, interviews, a new-movie heads-up, and more along those lines… so don’t go away.

See you on Sunday!