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  • How to Rescue the Resort

    by Gina Nahai

    November 5, 2009 | 4:09 pm

    Have you noticed how the people who work in luxury hotels never actually use the word “hotel” to refer to the place? They call it “The Property,”...

  • Let’s Set Our Sights Higher

    by Gina Nahai

    September 30, 2009 | 4:07 am

    Two things I learned on the first day of Rosh Hashanah this year:

    1. An Iranian Jewish man in Los Angeles recently risked life and limb to save a...

  • Skid Row Poetry Gives ‘Slam’ New Meaning

    by Gina Nahai

    July 29, 2009 | 10:34 pm

    A few weeks ago, one of my students, Andrew McGregor, sent me an e-mail to ask if I would serve as a judge at a poetry slam he was staging in Los Angeles....

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  • Solving the riddle

    by Gina Nahai

    December 31, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    Overnight, they lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings. At nine in the morning, they were well off; by noon, they were impecunious.

    All the...

  • What is art good for?

    by Gina Nahai

    December 3, 2008 | 5:49 pm

    Still, the question remains: What, in this world filled with strife and need and uncertainty, is the use of art?

    The planet's on the verge of...

  • This time, I remember

    by Gina Nahai

    November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    We're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.

    My cousin,...

  • Yom Kippur Dilemma

    by Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    Is it just me, or does Yom Kippur seem to arrive earlier and more frequently these days?

    I feel like I've barely had time to recover from one when the...

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