A Sweaty Meditative Letter from Brooklyn

I’m thinking about time, appropriation, queerness, and always social movements. And the ways fungi are really out there doing things in community with other plants and trees in highly complex ways.

From Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change our Minds & Shape…


A stroll through a part of my brain

I have recently become aware that I keep tabs open on my browser for insanely long periods of time. Both on my phone and my laptop. Here is a list of Safari tabs open on my phone:

  1. article on Ghost.io, an alternative…

Thank you for showing up to my inconsistent writing experiment.

This is my latest interview for The Creative Independent with friend and theater maker/disruptor Modesto Flako Jimenez. Some of him:

“I think about audience all the time. What am I giving you and what are you gonna give me at…


From Cathy Park Hong’s book Minor Feelings (read it immediately if you haven’t already), I read that the artist Gregg Bordowitz said this about radical art:

it bypasses social media algorithms and consumer demographics by bringing together groups who wouldn’t normally be in the same room together.

I’ve been thinking…


Apologetically unapologetic musings

When you get your first shot of the Pfizer vaccine at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens are you also grieving the millions who died by this thing?

How do you grieve government incompetence? State-sponsored violence on our own people? State sanctioned bombs falling on other humans in faraway places?

Do we sometimes grieve our dead parents by saying those things we never got to say to them to our living loved ones? (That can be hard on…


How do you make adult activities like clearing your desk of bills fun? I’ve been an adult for a while and these things manage to get done, but seemingly by the skin of my teeth. Couldn’t there be a beautiful aching sad monotony to it all that I could tap…


Be Easy On Those Doing The Work.

A random list I initially thought could organize this piece and would be deleted afterwards but as lists do, this one started doing it’s own thing and insisted it remain a list undeleted:

  • why i’m mad
  • why i’m grateful
  • why i cut my…

Zoom and Imperialist tactics for quelling a conquered people

To act like I’m not all out here spending the most on some completely bougie skincare products would be disrespectful to you. I’m here to lay it all out for you. I typically hate the whole genre of “Why is your…


Sleepwalking into 2021

My 11-year old sleepwalks, talks, and apparently sleep searches for gold rings in potted plants. A few nights ago, I saw her pulling up my snake plant in the middle of the night. I called out to her surprised in my own sleep haze, she came back to my often…


White people cannot save black children using the tools of systemic racism. They can, however, understand the historical context for the suffering and dismantle the machinery.

Several years ago, I worked as a lawyer in the Juvenile Rights Practice with Legal Aid Society. My job was representing mostly black and brown children and teenagers who were entangled with the child protective/juvenile delinquent laws of New York City. Usually it was their families/caretakers who were entangled and…

Resham Mantri

Writer. I care about justice for black and brown bodies, public education, good vintage clothes, how societies and technology work, and immigrant recipes.

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