Articles By Shuja Haider

Canon Fodder

Where's the country music on Pitchfork's Best Albums of the 1980s?

Sweet Leaf

Paan is a substance that occupies a space somewhere between a snack and a drug — a space left vacant in the West.

I Call it Just the Beginning

The DJ’s job is to ensure the music doesn’t stop, allowing listeners to get from Point A to Point B without having to stop dancing.

Good Mental Health

On Frasier, an argument over opera or wine can become as much a plot point as a farcical mistaken identity.

The Ambien Diaries

The first thing I always notice, after the mild cottonmouth that serves as the universal announcement of a chemical taking effect on the body, is that I’m not alone.

How I Invented a Cocktail

Eventually, someone threw up. It might have been me.

Life at the Village Vanguard

I knew what it sounded like to be in there before I ever had a chance to go there myself.