By Marcello Di Cintio
Marcello Di Cintio prepares for his "journey into the guts of Iran" with the maximum diligence. he is taking classes in Farsi, researches Persian poetry and sharpens his wrestling abilities by means of returning to the mat after a spot of a few years. understanding that there's a detailed dating among heroic poetry and a few of the forms of conventional Persian wrestling, he units out to find how Iranians "reconcile creativity with combat."
From the instant of his arrival in Tehran, the writer is crushed by way of hospitality. He immerses himself in male corporation in tea homes, speaking whereas smoking the qalyun or water pipe. Iranian males are just too keen to speak, particularly approximately politics. Confusingly, he's informed conflicting statements--that all Iranians love George Bush, that every one Iranians hate George Bush; that lifestyles was once infinitely higher below the Shah, that the mullahs swept away the corruption of the Shah's regime and made existence larger for all.
Once out of Tehran, he...