JUSTIN SLAUGHTER is a writer and journalist based in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Public Press and San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Azar Nafisi grew up in a middle-class Iranian family under the Shah. As a young girl, she romanticized America based on the ideals, energy, and aspirations celebrated in Americas best books, music, films, and art. As an adult, Nafisi taught several Western novels under the Iranian theocracy that put a bounty on Salman Rushdies head.