Nafisi, communicating the cultural taboo of her imagination, describes, "Against the tyranny of time and politics, imagine us the way we sometimes didn't dare to imagine ourselves: in our most private and secret moments, in the most extraordinary instances of life, listening to music, falling in love, walking down the shady streets, or reading Lolita in Tehran". Nafisi's imagination profoundly values activities like "listening to music, falling in love, walking down shady streets, and reading Lolita". These are all things that are considered very taboo in the Islamic Republic, which leads to Nafisi valuing such activities greatly. Meanwhile the perceived value of what Nafisi lists as her "most extraordinary instances of life" is comparatively lower for us today, as we are fortunate to have unfettered access to such things. This disparity in perceived value is a testament to the potency of the ability of fiction to influence real-world values.