I read an article about one of my favorite musicians who called another one of my favorite musicians a ‘kindred soul.’ And it felt like two of my friends who had never met before but were destined to get along finally crossed paths and blossomed a whole new world together…


Portrait of survivor, undated photo

On August 6th, 1945, nine-year old Mihoko was swinging in her elementary school playground in Hiroshima when the world’s first atomic bomb dropped and thrust her under rubble. In the teaching of history, the bomb is often lauded as a triumph of USA’s science and an end to what was…


‘Gentefied’ on Netflix. ©MACRO, Take Fountain and Yellow Brick Road

The song “Ojos Del Sol” by Y La Bamba plays over a scene of a father and son waking up in their van and eating Pop Tarts. The song carries through the rest of the two minutes of the episode as both prepare to leave Los Angeles permanently for a…


Main members of Fishmans left to right: Yuzuru Kashiwabara, Shinji Sato, Kin-ichi Motegi. Courtesy the band’s website.

I remember pedaling my mother’s bike machine as “BABY BLUE” by Fishmans — a Japanese dub band prominent in the 90's — popped up in my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. The song was simple and long: six minutes of a repeated keyboard chord on every upbeat of the drums, supported…


Focus becomes an annoying thing to both lack and have. For example, I’m writing this now because I couldn’t focus on reading my book because I got so fixated on the author’s stream of consciousness that I began to think that maybe it wouldn’t be so boring for people to…


Dear guy with the deep voice talking loudly in the coffee shop,

I get it, you’re a social guy. You love telling stories and having people listen. Or perhaps you’re just lonely. …


I found a bunch of photos that I took with my film camera when my friends and I got stranded in Dallas the first time we ever went there. They looked cool with a nice grainy texture to them, and figured the visual effects of gluing them onto the cover of this impromptu book I made would motivate me to fill them with all sorts of productive ideas.

Mirrors and planes always play a huge role in lots of my writing. Everything is a self-portrait, and life is always in motion. I had a moment last week looking in the mirror, feverish, coming off of two weeks of fasting for Ramadan with fatigue so intense my eyes bulged…


Photo: Barbara Nitke/Hulu

“On a scale from 1 to 5, how comfortable are you with your cultural identity?”

“3 most days, some days it’s a 5 and others it’s a 2. It just depends on the scenario.”

I think back to this conversation I had with someone who interviewed me for a class…


Sony Music, 2018

Boring, I thought. The first time I listened all the way through Rosalía’s debut album, Los Angeles, all I could think about was that, boring. …

Ali Haider

Writer out of Dallas, TX. Constantly looking for new ways to finish things.

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