And other multilingual experiences of a traveler to Tashkent: Buyer Bedazzled, by Ronald Cluett. Via Kip, who links to it in the course of a long reminiscence of being an American kid in ’70s Iran (in a town confusingly called Arak) that is well worth reading for its own sake.


  1. I did not know “Arak” was also spelled “Iraq.” (I mean, if I had, I’d’ve made hay of it, to be sure.) Wow. Learn something new every day…

  2. So, Kip, did you learn any Farsi while you were there? (And if so, do you remember it?)

  3. I’ve spent nearly an hour admiring the view from this lovely link ladder. Thank you.

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