Hushidar and I initially bonded over our love for Googoosh, whom we’re both eager to see rightfully crowned as President. Somehow, his work was always secondary to me; in fact, we rarely talk about it nowadays, instead preferring to extol the virtues of Farrokh Bulsara, wrack our brains on account of the ‘haters’ (as Hushidar likes to call them), and metaphorically compare ourselves to ponies. His work and ponies aside, though, I’ll always love him above and beyond else for what he and his work have always stood for: defiant and unflinching Iranian pride. If there’s anyone who personifies REORIENT’s ‘Sex, Drugs, and Gol-o-Bolbol’ ethos, it’s doubtless Hushidar.

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