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  • 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....

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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...

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