Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.

I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot.

If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.

 
Recent Posts

  • Two decades of blogging. Jun 19
    My first blog, then called “Vasta’s Daily,” was launched on June 19, 1998—twenty years ago today.
  • Where to find more? Jun 15
    Without a stream of links, shared by friends, appearing constantly on the phone screen, where do people find things to read and explore?
  • Remembering Bourdain Jun 09
    Bourdain and Spade brought joy and light and brilliance; we didn’t see the darkness that sat behind that luminescence.
  • The 29% Jun 08
    It’s sobering to realize that almost a third of the people who live around you don’t believe you have the right to exist, or at least to have access to basic human decency.
  • A place where we belong May 25
    Making people feel like they belong is one of the most important things we can do, in no matter what context.
  • I was dreaming when I wrote this May 18
    For this edition of The Mixtape Concern, I’m listening to songs about dreams and dreaming.
  • Go back to your country May 11
    If I had a camera with me every time I was told to go back to my country, I’d have enough footage for a very long feature film.
  • Carrying all of my stuff Apr 30
    Over the past month, I’ve had a few people ask me about bags. One particular person specifically remarked that it seemed like I had a different bag every single time I saw her.
  • Six years ago Apr 27
    Six years ago, I met a young woman at a wine bar for a drink. When we parted ways, I was certain I wanted to spend so much more time with that incredible woman.
  • because white men can’t police their imagination Apr 24
    Black bodies have always been criminalized just for existing in public spaces, and the Starbucks situation is part of a broader systemic racism that is bigger than just one individual.

 
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