Ameer Malik

Letting the Wolf in Through the Door

In Praise of Kaveh Akbar’s Book of Poetry, Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Whenever I write in my journal and try to pin down the thoughts swirling around in my head, I realize that the different parts of my mind are messy and extremely hard to map. I’m certain this is true for all us—we’re made up of warring passions, emotions, opinions, and beliefs that push constantly against…

It Goes On and On and On

In Praise of John Green’s New Novel Turtles All the Way Down

I admire the diverse works of John Green. I enjoy the insightful and humorous video blogs he makes on his Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, which he runs with his brother, Hank. I also like the fun and educational Crash Course videos John collaborates on. And I admire the novels of his that I’ve read, partly because…

clarisse angkasa storyteller

The Storyteller

a fairy tale

You might have heard about me and how I saved a kingdom. How I volunteered to marry the king, a cruel, vicious man who would have killed me the morning after our wedding, as he had done to all his previous wives and as he planned to do to all of the women in the…

the language of resistance

in praise of solmaz sharif’s poetry

Language is powerful. Some of this power derives from its destructive consequences. In today’s political landscape, we are clearly witnessing one such harmful capability of language: its ability to conceal the truth and deny reality. “Alternative facts” is a phrase that serves as a smokescreen for what should be called blatant lies. This term possesses…

michelle ng dreams and how we interpret them

The one who dreams

my journeys from wake to sleep

I can’t remember when or where exactly, perhaps it was during a comedic program or on an entertainment website, but I once came across this figure or cliché of “the kind of person who talks about their dreams.” One website I found that discusses this figure is Cracked.com. An article called “5 Things You Love…