Women Without Men – LA Screenings

Shirin Neshat’s highly anticipated film (an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s writing) opens in Los Angeles today. Details here.

Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men (Trailer)


Based on Shahrnush Parsipur’s book of the same name. Parsipur plays a madam in the film.

Shahrnush Parsipur’s New Book: Men From Various Civilizations

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Renowned Iranian writer Shahrnush Parsipur recently published an e-book, Men from Various Civilizations. It’s forty pages long and costs just $3, making it a perfect last-minute gift for the literary Iranian in your life – just buy and download it from Parsipur’s website, print it on some high-quality paper, and you’re done. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even get it bound at Kinko’s. (And I know what you’re thinking, but don’t be a cheapskate – pay for every copy you print. It’s a book, and it costs less than the overpriced latte you’re likely sipping.)

I’ve just downloaded the book and will write a review when I’ve finished reading it, but considering the high quality of Parsipur’s other work, Civilizations is probably pretty great, too.

Illustration: Nur Karlica Iverson

Shirin Neshat in the New Yorker

The New Yorker has a piece on Shirin Neshat this week, and there’s a slide show on their website: check it out. The image above is from Neshat’s film “Zarin,” which is based on Shahrnush Parsipur‘s excellent feminist novel, Women Without Men.