Hooman Majd says that he is “100% Iranian.” He was born in Tehran, he is the son of an Iranian diplomat, the grandson of an eminent Ayatollah, close friend and relative of former president Khatami, and the official translator for President Ahmedinejad. But Hooman finishes this sentence stating that his is also “100% American” since he attended boarding school in England and has been living in the United States since this Islamic Revolution. This paradoxical and unique perspective is the driving force of his book, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran (Vintage Books, August 2009).
While you play the audio from the interview and scroll down panel to panel, my hope is that you have a small sense of being there with us. As Iran stutters and shifts into the future I will look to Hooman’s perspective again. The next time we meet I hope he’s wearing something easier to draw than a seersucker blazer.
Hooman Majd in conversation with Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, pt. 1
Isaac Littlejohn Eddy is a cartoonist and writer living in Brooklyn. He has a non-fiction series about his neighborhood called Fort Greene Illustrated published in the New York Times blog, the local. Isaac also performs as a Blue Man nightly at the Astor Place Theater. He can be reached at littlejohncomics.com.