Not Reading Lolita in Tehran

The Guardian reports today that dozens of literary masterpieces and international bestsellers have been banned in Iran. Perhaps this comes as no surprise. Iran is, after all, a repressive theocracy in which men are executed for the “crime” of homosexuality. But apparently this is indicative of a a broader cultural freeze being orchestrated from the smelly office of Dinner Jacket and his mendacious cohorts. The intensified clampdown is apparently being orchestrated by Mohammed Hossein Saffar Harandi, a former revolutionary guard and close ally of Dinner Jacket.

The Iranian publishing industry is starving (or at least those, one can reasonably surmise, who have not seen fit to use all their ink to print hagiographies of the Iranian president). As The Guardian story notes, “The rise in book censorship mirrors repression in other spheres.”

Irony of ironies: this week is Iran’s annual national book festival. .

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