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Newsweek’s Maziar Bahari got in hot water with Iranian authorities when he gave a dead-pan comic interview to Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones. Fresh out of an Iranian jail, Bahari appeared on the Daily Show last night to discuss his experiences in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard. “It was stupid and funny at the same time,” Bahari says. His interrogator, who was fascinated with a paradise on earth known as New Jersey, offered assurances such as, “We treat our prisoners much more humanely than the Americans.” Bahari also discusses the way the Revolutionary Guard is tightening its control on Iranian society:
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Read Bahari’s grueling account of his experience inside of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in Newsweek.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”