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What is art good for?

By Gina Nahai

December 3, 2008 | 5:49 pm

Jack Boul now and then (below)

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 destruction, entire nations are starving to... read full article

  • 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, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...

  • 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 next one's announced, and then I have to toughen up and refrain from saying things like "oh no, not again," in front of my kids,...

  • Exile’s gains and losses

    By Gina Nahai

    September 3, 2008 | 10:27 pm

    I don't know what will become of the legacy of Iranian Jews outside of Iran, how history will judge us in the context of the opportunities we had and the extent to which we helped make the world a better place with what we were given.

    I don't know what our kids will think of us 30...

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  • Troubling (L.A.) Times

    By Gina Nahai

    July 30, 2008 | 11:25 pm

    Why do I feel like my already ailing IQ drops to below safe levels every time I pick up the Los Angeles Times lately?

    The world is at war, the economy is sagging, Obama's in the Middle East and Europe, a Bosnian Serb leader wanted for war crimes has been arrested after 13 years on...

  • Diversity lost

    By Gina Nahai

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Forgive me for going on about this. I keep promising myself I'll stop being outraged, turn off the radio and stop reading the papers. But if you'll permit me one more question here:
    Whatever happened to the Democrats being the party of tolerance and diversity?
    These days, it's...
  • Obama?  Been there

    By Gina Nahai

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I've been a Democrat since I was 16 years old and couldn't vote because I was underage and not yet a U.S. citizen. I was a Democrat when most other Iranians considered that a dirty word -- because "Carter was a Democrat who lost Iran to the mullahs and Afghanistan to the Soviets. He...
  • This being Los Angeles . . .

    By Gina Nahai

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last Thursday night at LACMA, I was treated to a reading of my own works by the very talented and beautiful actress Bahar Soumekh, and by UC Irvine professor Nasrin Rahimieh. Outside the Bing Theater, rain poured in sheets, and traffic on Wilshire was at a standstill because all the...

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