Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
Learning to Walk (1978, Yugoslavia). Written and directed by Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo.
Elegy: Arno Babadjanyan (1921-1983). In memory of Aram Khatchaturian (melody after Sayat Nova).
Arrangment: Sormeh, Lyrics: Golnar Shahyar, Mona Matbou Riahi
Extracts from “The art of Piano” documentary show Glenn Gould playing J.S.Bach’s Partita #2.
“Every nation is a lie for which time and history have gradually fashioned an appearance of truth – as they did for ancient myths and classical legends. No nation ever arose naturally. The coherence and fraternity that a few still display conceal alarming realities beneath fine literary, historical and artistic fictions that underpin their identity. In these nations too those “contradictions and differences” – creeds, races, customs, languages, and not always minority languages – were demolished, for just like Albert Camus’s Caligula, the Nation needs to eliminate these things in order to feel secure, safe from the risk of fragmentation.”
—Mario Vargas Llosa
Two unknown teenagers, Agathe Peyrat and Josephine Stephenson, sing the Tom Waits’ song “Green Grass” in a way that really touches my heart. It is about three hours I am listening to this song.
Siavush Randjbar-Daemi’s speech at “Clericals and Seminaries in Modern Iran” Conference, SOAS, 9 April 2011.
Lewis Black thinks Donald Trump has what it takes to be the crazy third-world dictator that America needs.
Namjoo really touches my heart in this song. His pessimistic lyrics and the song’s sad and bitter music is so much about my generationʾs life story in Iran.
A film by Beate Petersen
In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne, Nasseredin Mirza, received a photographic camera from Queen Victoria of England. In the following decades he documented his life: his many wives, his jesters and clowns, his glorious palaces, and his jewels and treasures. As such he revealed to the public eye, what the public eye never was supposed to see.
Through animated sequences and photos taken by Nasseredin Shah and his court, the film depicts the rivalry and intrigues within the harem, the corruption, the secret murders, the political power struggle, the Shah’s obsession with a beautiful calico cat, as well as Persia’s troubled relation to Europe.
The world is a better place without Ghaddafi.
The transcript: Obama on Libya