On operas

When I listen to opera, it’s not the voices or the stanzas that the performers recite that I hear but the passion that is incited by their solitary or collective voices. Sopranos are just as captivating as tenors, men as women, dialects as accents. Are they speaking to each other about the coming of spring?Continue reading “On operas”


Day one 2:00 a.m. Something awoke Fahd. The room was dark, its stillness interrupted by the hum of the fridge. He sat up and reached for his phone. The glare took a second to get accustomed to, and as he winced his eyes, he saw a message from Rami: If I call you, do notContinue reading “Penumbra”

The Visitor

I am sitting on my couch watching TV. I live in a one-bedroom apartment with an open kitchen, a small dining table with four chairs, and a bookcase along the wall. [DOOR KNOCKS] I look at the time and take a second to wonder if I had invited anyone over. Am I expecting a delivery?Continue reading “The Visitor”

2016 year in review

I haven’t exactly been keeping this space populated the way that I would have liked to, what with all the time I invest on my valuable procrastination. Most of you think anyone can just choose to be a procrastinator, and you can not be any further from the truth. It takes hard work and dedicationContinue reading “2016 year in review”

The La La Land post

I finally watched La La Land: a charming movie that should have ended 20 minutes before it actually did, but I seem to be echoing the same complaints for almost every movie I have watched recently. Maybe I cherish my time. Maybe I’m just a dolt who’s become too accustomed to the brevity and promptnessContinue reading “The La La Land post”


I love to read and write, but I always find reasons why I shouldn’t. When I look at a blank page, I am flooded with a sense of primordial dread that is usually best left for blindfolded people tied up in a car trunk. Why am I not able to express myself? Habituation is tooContinue reading “1/15/2016”

Lost Angels

Living in Los Angeles and residing here are two completely different things. Allow me to highlight that for you: Living in LA requires you to be doing what “Angelenos” do: Eat at one of the hundreds of fine restaurants that offer you the same food you’ve always eaten but renamed and re-branded for the sakeContinue reading “Lost Angels”