Anupa Mistry

Anupa Mistry


I live in Toronto and write about music, pop culture and communities.

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That Home Feeling | Hazlitt

Giving voice to alienation belies the myth of multiculturalism and creates a true Canadian narrative. | Hazlitt

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The Arcade: Episode 42, Featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt

The Arcade: Episode 42, Featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates ...

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Anupa Mistry

Hazlitt regular contributor Anupa Mistry lives in Toronto and writes about music and pop culture. No relation to Rohinton Mistry....

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Straight-Talk About Race

Americanah author Chimamanda Adichie describes herself as “old-fashioned,” but her piercingly honest observations on race are anything but. She talks to Hazlitt about preferring black hair over baseball, and de-exotifying Nigeria for a North American audience....

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So Long, Screwface: On Drake’s Nothing Was the Same

Drake’s new album, Nothing Was the Same, will be officially released tomorrow. Anupa Mistry and Rawiya Kameir talked about it. Aubrey’s currently living in L.A., though his presence never looms far from the city. The downtown condo and a Forest Hill basement, Acura days, jubbies from Jungle, white wine spritzers at Vivoli—all are indelible to his...

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Visual Collages in Immigrant Art: From M.I.A. to Illuminated Mythologies

Forget KanYeezus: if there’s a poster child for desultory pop music today it’s Maya Arulpragasam, b.k.a. M.I.A. Last week, she released a music video for “Bring The Noize,” a song in which she raps like heavy artillery—alternating quadruple-time phrasing for a chorus that pops off like shots: “d-d-d-d-d-d-dem!”—about freedom and being...

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‘The Musicality of the Prose’: An Interview with Ghalib Islam

Ghalib Islam, author of Fire in the Unnameable Country, discusses growing up in Toronto’s Jane and Finch area, the “breathlessness” of his writing, and the resistance he faced when he decided not to venture into a more secure career....

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Warsan Shire Has Beef With Iambic Pentameter

The Kenyan-born British poet talks to Hazlitt about finding inspiration in life’s oddities (from finding women living in your walls to Dogtooth), telling her family’s stories, and why she hates being called “brave.”...

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Making Something Out of Garbage: The Craft Behind Type Books’ Storefronts

As big-box businesses continue to crowd Toronto’s Queen Street West, fewer and fewer strongholds remain. Increasingly, you’ll find the gleaming, homogenous façades of new chain stores settling in next to independent retailers in an insidious gussying-up of the commercial strip. There is one unsullied stretch, though, in the neighbourhood of...

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The Minor Glories and Dank Humanity of Kiese Laymon

The author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America on growing up with black literature as contraband, Drake’s epic shit-talking, and the joys of writing for people who don’t read for a living....

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Taiye Selasi: Writing Displacement and Getting Over the Agony of Being Misunderstood

Hazlitt talks with the author of Ghana Must Go about transnationalism, identity, and why we can’t escape our families....

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Action Bronson as the Rap Game's Misha Vainberg

Rappers are easy protagonist...

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Underground Bombay, circa 1980s: Indian Fiction and Film Beyond the Parochial

Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis is a drug novel about middle-class loafers, Nargis-idolizing hijras, artist-zealots, and sad old men, all twisted on opium in the back alleys and clandestine khanas (dens) of ‘70s and ‘80s Bombay. It’s an unsettling, almost alienating, story, and a very different sort of Indian novel—in a censorial culture obsessed with taboos and propriety,...

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The Year in Thickness

On love and desire in the time of “I like them BBW.”...

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Pasha Malla · Calum Marsh · John Michael McGrath · Anupa Mistry · Alexandra Molotkow · Richard Poplak · Sarah Nicole Prickett · Chris Randle · Justin Rohrlich ....