I am a writer and an editor. For life-blood money, I am a medical manuscript editor, editing articles for medical journals, and for pleasure and less money, I am also an editor of other writers' stories. I founded and managed an online literary journal about memoir, called Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie, which is no longer publishing; I previously edited the print journal, Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir. I lived in NYC, on the Bowery, for many years in the 1970s - 1990s; now I live in Maine.
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 […]