As I'd suspected when I put down Reading Lolita in Tehran about a month ago, I was already overwrought when I started reading it, and being plunged into a very dark religious regime in place without the consent of too many of the people was not what I needed to be reading at just that time. Today, without feeling pre-existingly weepy and as if the world were about to end, I was able to read through Dr. Nafisi's withdrawl from the world into her reading group, and see her safely out of the country.
I see the slippery slope in so many of these stories. I see how the US is teetering on the edge of it, though it may not seem so to others inside, or to outsiders. And ... my loyalties are perhaps misplaced. Fuck the loyalty oaths that I recited as a child, I'm getting out of here sane.