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Posted April 12, 2006
It's about the lipstick
This is a book that appears to have been written by an adolescent, although we know better. The author is engaged in a fantasy of her own creation and that fantasy keeps her from seeing reality, although she speaks constantly of others avoiding reality. Perhaps it is simply that she is too young, but she presents an almost superficial analysis of serious issues. For example, she speaks of police brutality and discrimination and asks how it differs from the imprisonment of the Japenese in pre WWII America. She fails to understand that every culture has its outrageous opinion holders and its brutes. However, when the locals get out of hand in countries with functioning due process the Federal government nationalizes the guard and protects its citizens. It becomes dangerous when the government forgets that it has laws, or when its religious beliefs decree law. There is a dramatic difference between the interpersonal and the institutional and the author, although familiar with both the culture of Iran and of the U.S., fails to see or understand the difference. It is difficult to tell what this author is seeking and it would appear that she may be among the last to figure it out. It may be that she is simply too young to have developed an historical perspective and thus has to personalize every event.
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