April 13, 2008|I sat down with Iranian writer/cartoonist/columnist and now filmmaker Marjane Satrapi at Denver's Hotel Monaco, right off 16th Street Mall--just a few minutes from the Convention Center, where this year's Democratic National Convention will be held. I thought it a serendipitous place to interview a figure known for being outspoken on at least two of the three subjects you don't talk about: politics and religion. Colorado is traditionally a Red State, which belies the way its cultural centres, Denver and Boulder, vote--offset, perhaps, by nearby Colorado Springs, home to Ted Haggard's New Life Church, the Air Force Academy, and Focus on the Family. Always dangerous for me to stray too far from movies (I don't actually know very much about anything outside of movies, let's face it), but I savoured the chance to wade into deep water with the author, touring the U.S. with the film adapted from the two volumes of her brilliant Persepolis. Someone who says things impulsively that tend to get her in trouble, Ms. Satrapi's a kindred spirit.