I am the author of LIFE INSIDE: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003), and the editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press, 2009). My essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters Journal, Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Many Mountains Moving. I enjoy leaving my Upper West Side apartment to teach at The Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y and Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and have also taught at Brooklyn College and as a visiting writer at George Mason University.
A 2010 article from Newsweek made international news with the headline, “Pakistan is the World’s Most Dangerous Country.” Growing up in Pakistan, I rarely experienced moments of panic. Pakistan could be dangerous—like when a bomb went off near my school—but I felt safe in my suburban neighborhood. When I decided to move to the United […]
Sitting in the sunset in the middle of Central Park, the unfamiliar boy and I huddled together in the growing chill of late October, using the excuse of needing bodily warmth to search for some other, more abstract warmth of feeling. We had spent the whole day exploring the Met Museum, and afterwards walked around […]
My father took me to the Coney Island Freak Show every summer growing up. My artist Dad seemed unfettered from his day job as a social worker, sketching subway riders on the hour train ride from the Lower East Side, where we lived surrounded by junkies and prostitutes wandering derelict streets. On the boardwalk, he […]