Monday, April 6, 2009

A Reason to Go to Murfreesboro: Persepolis Author Marjane Satrapi at MTSU Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 4:22 PM

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Anyone heading down to the 'Boro tonight to hear Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi speak at MTSU? Should be pretty rad.

MTSU, BAS (Business Aerospace) State Farm Room

7 p.m.

Free

From our Critics' Picks:

Quick, name a female comic-book author. Still thinking? Then you need to make the acquaintance of Marjane Satrapi--author of the fiercely brilliant comic Persepolis, a portrait of her coming of age on the cusp of Iran's 1979 revolution, and co-director of its Oscar-nominated cartoon adaptation. The Iranian-born, Paris-residing Satrapi's memoir-driven work is a funny, brash and intimate portrait of life lived amidst political turbulence--steeped in agitated hormones and rock 'n' roll, sketched in swirling, origami-like illustrations with a stark, noirish beauty. But change the geography, and this tale could in many ways be any American teen's own inner war zone--and a desperately needed female corrective to the endless swarm of testosterone-laded adventures we're served every year. Just don't go calling her work a graphic novel. "The reason I chose the media of comics is because it belongs to the popular arts," she said in a 2008 lecture. "I didn't want to make any artistic work that would only be conceivable by the elite."

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