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Mommy dearest

By Gina Nahai

2 weeks ago

Granted, some of it is plain envy — my bewilderment at parents who don’t have a scrap of doubt about what’s good for their children. The certainty starts at conception and carries on... read full article

  • Dirty Harry is Iranian

    By Gina Nahai

    July 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

    Yeah, I didn’t know it either. I only found out 10 years ago when a friend who lived in Iran came to L.A. for a visit. Just like I didn’t know, till I was in my mid-20s, that I’m not Iranian. 

    I found that out from a random caller to a Persian-language television program produced...

  • Hallowed ground

    By Gina Nahai

    May 28, 2014 | 10:07 am

    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 mother had walked, barefoot and pregnant, across a frozen continent and away from Nicolae...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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