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Hallowed ground

By Gina Nahai

May 28, 2014 | 10:07 am

UCLA via Wikimedia Commons

In the student lounge behind the North Campus cafeteria at UCLA, the Romanian woman with frosted hair and one too many boyfriends smoked red Marlboros and spun tall tales about how her... read full article

  • Operating instructions

    By Gina Nahai

    April 30, 2014 | 10:05 am

    Every once in a while, someone I know will come up to me and announce that I’ve done it again, written something awful and insulting about the Iranian community in Los Angeles, and, in so doing, embarrassed us all in front of the non-Iranian community in L.A. 

    “You’re lucky...

  • You can have fun when you die

    By Gina Nahai

    April 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    “So, what do you do?” the doctor asks. 

    “When?” I answer. 

    “Just ... every day.”

    “You mean ... for work?” 

    “Or otherwise.”

    “I’m a writer.”

    “You are?”

    “Yes.”

    He’s still waiting. I wait, too. 

    “So ... what else do you do?” 

    What’s wrong with this guy? I wonder....

  • What lies beneath

    By Gina Nahai

    January 8, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    I don’t mean to alarm the global scientific community, but I feel I have an obligation, in these nascent days of 2014, to share a potentially disturbing finding I came upon at the end of last year.

    Ladies and gentlemen: Einstein was wrong. 

    At least one of his theories — the...

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  • Counting almonds

    By Gina Nahai

    December 4, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Turns out, I have a natural handicap when it comes to eating like normal people. My daughter discovered this when she was in elementary school and forever engaged in a war of attrition over food: She wanted to live on green apples and Lucky Charms; I thought a third item should be...

  • My last Halloween

    By Gina Nahai

    October 30, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    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 and, yes, there’s that feeling in the pit of my stomach, the hollowness of those dreams in which you’re lost in a white tunnel, with...

  • On being Persian

    By Gina Nahai

    October 3, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    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 to a blond, green-eyed American Jewish woman. I didn’t understand her question. 

    “Why do who call themselves Persian?”

    “The...

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    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 decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

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