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On violence, empire and scorpions, from the palace of the last Nizam of Hyderabad.


Many Hindu temples were destroyed, and Hindus massacred across the Deccan plateau, and as far south as Hyderabad, where I now enjoy tea and chocolate mousse in the ladies’ gossip and whisper room.

Jeff Dorchen sits poolside at the Falaknuma palace, eating his chocolate mousse and considering the dual effects of empire, terrorism, Islamic State violence, the Sunni-Shia divide, how many suits a rich man needs, Steven Pinker’s side jobs, secular totalitarianism, and a perfumed bath.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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