Marguerite Del Giudice went searching for the soul of Iran:

“When I go abroad, people get surprised when they realize that 65 percent of the college students here are girls. Or when they see Iranian paintings and Iranian architecture, they are shocked. They are judging a civilization just by what they have heard in the last 30 years”.

Iran has remained a weird obsession of mine for the last few years.

I devoured the article, despite its length, and began, once again, to price out just what a trip to Tehran would cost me. There is something deeply contradictory about the country to me, something historical and pristine, but angry, forgotten and out of touch. Del Giudice touches on this, and so much more. Absolutely worth the read.