Aiden Arata

Part-time everything. Does twitter @aidenarata


Psych Ward 101

The Belle of the Jar


The hospital’s main corridor, long and flush with activity, appropriately resembles an artery. The guy sitting across from me is…


Disaster Drills


If you want to see California, you should take the 101 — if you are tired of seeing things, take the 5. I got a late start so I’m pushing 90 on the Grapevine when the golden…


A Love Story, with Pills and Ghosts


In Camera Lucida, Barthes says, “In short, the referent adheres.” What he means is that the object that is photographed is dragged around forever with…


Psych Ward 101

The Belle of the Jar


The hospital’s main corridor, long and flush with activity, appropriately resembles an artery. The guy sitting across from me is…


Studies in Transit

Neighborhood, mid-June, age 23


Map of the neighborhood in bodegas looks like a Scantron. I walk past them and green canisters of surface cleaner…