Wednesday, October 30, 2013
My last Halloween
These days it creeps up on me like an ache — the occasional pumpkin in a front yard, the synthetic cobwebs in trees, the subtle turn in the weather. . .
Thursday, October 3, 2013
On being Persian
Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was during a Harvest Day at my kids’ school. I had just been introduced. . .
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
A Sunday call on same-sex marriage
I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s. . .
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
We have no homosexuals here
First, an apology. To the good men and women of the LGBT community at Sinai Temple and everywhere else in the world, on the subject of said. . .
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Dinner table revelations: The unexamined life
You don’t know what a bad person you are, or how bad your hair looks, until you’ve sat down with my religious relatives for a meal and tried to. . .
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
No one loves the stranger
I know what happened with those three women in Cleveland, how one man was able to imprison and torture them in the middle of a residential. . .
Thursday, April 4, 2013
This may be just another useless explanation, the kind of futile attempt at finding meaning and logic that we all resort to in response to grief, but. . .
Thursday, March 14, 2013
In the category of: Too little knowledge can be a dangerous thing
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
In praise of pastrami
You know you’re getting old when every meal starts and ends with an admonition about how food will kill you.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Indigo: Remembering Iran
It gets dark early in winter, so by the time you start to walk home, you’re already dipping into twilight. Your breath is a ribbon of fog against. . .
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Years ago, I created a class, “Writer’s Marketplace,” dedicated to the business side of writing. It was inspired by all the. . .
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
You can go home again
On Fridays, the children would line up, all glittery pink shoes and Ninja Turtle T-shirts, and hike up a steep driveway from the preschool yard to. . .
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Thank you, David Rimoin
There’s a country, I know, out in the sapphire glass heart of the universe, where every sick and ailing child has a likeness: One is of the flesh;. . .
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Three Jews walk into a Starbucks
I was sitting in the Starbucks in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., listening to two men talk about a three-day hike through. . .
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The myth of the Iranian-American Jew
This one’s for our children — the teens and 20-somethings who were born in this country or who’ve lived here most of their life, who have no. . .
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The bad, the worse and the ugly
A painfully unappealing, unemployed woman in her late 30s with sumo wrestler thighs who wears 10-inch heels and a micro skirt to push around a pink. . .
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Elizabeth Taylor was my aunt
It’s true. Really. The Elizabeth Taylor. She of the many husbands and the showpiece jewels, the on-screen splendor and off-screen grit was, indeed,. . .
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Opinion: Tunisian pizza
There’s a concept in the Persian language – ghessmat – for which no exact equivalent exists in English. It refers to a person’s unrelenting,. . .
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Opinion: Persian Tay-Sachs
In the story, a young prince in an old and distant kingdom is mesmerized with salt.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Opinion: Oh, to be young and stupid again
I was 21 years old, a first-year law student at USC, when I walked by a trailer parked on an empty lot off McCarthy Way on the downtown campus. It. . .
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Opinion: In praise of falsehood
What is it with people telling the truth all the time? I don’t mean under oath, or even in response to a question that has been posed to them...
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Opinion: Culture clash
In case you were too busy watching Congress make a fool of itself last month to have noticed, a parallel, no-less-wrenching debate was raging in the. . .
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Gina Nahai: What Remains
We were exchanging “memorable aunt” stories, and my friend, who’s a trial attorney, had a clear lead over all the rest of us.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Staying true to our own heritage
I once wrote a novel about an Iranian Jewish woman who grows wings and flies away from her husband’s home.