Jasleena Grewal

A Dissociative American Identity

July 11, 2020

I called my therapist on the third day of the coronavirus lockdown, starting with “Hey. I’m not panicked and I don’t know what to do about that.” There was a voice inside of me saying I ought to jump into the whistling fear-kettle for my virtues to be valid. But there was also a wisdom … Read More

“Asking for Elephants” Reminds Us to Travel Solo

January 9, 2019

Dove is a bestselling novel by Robin Lee Graham, a non-fiction narrative about sailing solo around the world at 16 years old, starting from San Pedro, California. It ends like a fairytale: he returns home with a wife and a daughter. I read it as part of my middle school curriculum and was so taken … Read More

June Horoscopes: A Shift in Social Consciousness

June 1, 2018

These month’s horoscopes are paired with exclusive art by Dhiyanah Hassan. Soak them in and find growth, shedding, and transformation for your summer. Aries Isabel Allende said, “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while, the muse shows up, too.” This is what your soul is contracted to do in this incarnation, Aries. … Read More

10 Short Films Chronicling Pan-Asian Experiences

May 11, 2018

Representation helps us unlearn. This year, I grappled with my perspectives about celebrity, integrity, and accuracy because of the U.S. state of affairs. I asked myself how much representation really mattered or how much it could really change things. I became increasingly critical of mainstream TV shows and cinema. I lost faith in the power … Read More

May Horoscopes: The Four Elements

May 3, 2018

What do our astrological elements mean? Just because you’re a water sign doesn’t mean you love the ocean or cry a lot. There are plenty of Cancerians who are terrified of deep sea dives, Scorpions who find sea creatures pretty ugly, and Pisceans who are emotionally lacking. Spring is a good time to look at … Read More

Alam Khan’s “Immersion” Sets a Footprint in His Dazzling Legacy

May 2, 2018

to live in this world as Sogi says is as long as taking shelter from rain -Basho The legendary haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, so greatly admired the renga poet known as Sogi (1421-1502), that his above verse is exactly like the one which Sogi wrote, save for one venerative detail. Instead of using Sogi’s “wintry … Read More

Qais Essar’s “The Ghost You Love Most” is a Sonic Novel

April 14, 2018

Qais Essar’s latest album The Ghost You Love Most dropped this week. The dawn of Qais Essar’s third album is a blossoming, a “coming into.” For his first two albums, Tavern of Ruin and I am Afghan, Afghani is Currency, Essar was sowing his keep among prolific musicians. This time around, listeners are gifted a … Read More

Cherry Kutti’s “Red” and “Black” Series Are About Being Seen

April 5, 2018

Cherry Kutti’s work is provocatively original. Cherry Kutti’s “Red” and “Black” were her first simple-chroma art series, marking the beginning of finding her voice through art. These series were the first works she exhibited. To make them, she used the materials she happened to have on hand. At that point, she wasn’t making serious work but … Read More

April Horoscopes: Spring Shapes

April 1, 2018

Trust what shows itself. Where do you catch your omens? Do you believe in synchronicity? Studying astrology is one of the deepest ways one can honor the ways our energies are connected. Spring brings in dappling light: we start to see things differently. It’s a great time to pay attention. Aries Look for signs in … Read More

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