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…

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…

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…

Ali Haider

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

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