Category: Articles

Dirty Harry is Iranian article for Jewish Journal by Gina B. Nahai hover background

Jul 30
2014

Dirty Harry is Iranian

Jul 30, 2014

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 in Northridge. Like most others of its kind, the program was anti-regime. The host spent a good deal of time enumerating the crimes of the Islamic Republic, among them its stance toward Israel and the arrest and

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Hallowed Ground article for Jewish Journal by Gina B. Nahai hover background

May 28
2014

Hallowed Ground

May 28, 2014

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 Ceausescu’s killers to freedom in America. The handsome history major on a soccer scholarship from England pined after the petite Iranian girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day. The older American man, bald and broke

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Apr 30
2014

Operating Instructions

Apr 30, 2014

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’ve been invited to this dinner,” a friend will say, “everyone is mad at you for your last Jewish Journal article.” Or, just last month: “I had a dinner party last night and all everyone talked about

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You Can Have Fun When You Die article for Jewish Journal by Gina Nahai hover background

Apr 02
2014

You Can Have Fun When You Die

Apr 02, 2014

“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. First, he makes me wait in his stuffy, overcrowded waiting room for a whole hour past my appointment time, then he sends in a nurse, then a physician’s assistant to a

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Jan 08
2014

What Lies Beneath

Jan 08, 2014

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 one about the definition of madness — is complete fallacy. I don’t know when he arrived at it, or what kind of green and gullible following he suckered into believing it or how he managed to pound it into the c

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Counting Almonds article by Gina Nahai in the Jewish Journal hover background

Dec 04
2013

Counting Almonds

Dec 04, 2013

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 added to the diet. A few years into the campaign, she finally asked me, “What cereal did Grandma let you eat when you were a kid?” “I didn’t eat cereal.” “Why not? Was Giti as mean as you are?”

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