"What we needed was wisdom and clarity. What we got was chaos and confusion."
“Rather than thinking of creative arts and sciences as ‘two cultures,’ we should realize that they’re running on parallel tracks.”
“In terms of the machine learning programs or robots that we have now, I basically think of them as being comparable to thermostats.”
“While ungovernability takes many paths, here it approximates living in and as refusal.”
“An author’s photo is more appealing to the consumer than the publisher’s colophon.”
“My reckoning with the Black South was an attempt to give integrity and texture to my belief that I was an Afrikan with a ‘k.’”
“There’s something very solitary in her writing as well. I almost think of it as solitary solidarity.”
“I love the moments where your books really linger on their encounters with power.”
“When to form political certainties, and when to take political action, are among the central questions the book explores.”
“The survival of the world depends on the gendered work of subsistence and reproduction, carried out predominantly by women in the global South.”
“Many people who call themselves very patriotic, even nationalist, leave [Ukraine], while the people who are actually protecting it are the common people.”
Our scorching planetary age results from the conjoined forces of colonial extractivism, fossil capitalism, and postcolonial developmentalism.
“Why do we want our characters to be innocent, as if we are innocent ourselves?”
“To recognize the existence of injuries requires the recognition of others and their dignity.”
“You cannot divorce domestic empire from international empire. Those histories created one another.”
“I’m very skeptical about the ability of people in positions of power and privilege—including intellectuals—to name truths about the world.”
“I see actual male friendship, in a way that I don't in almost any other action movie from the 80s.”
Nostalgia is both a threat and a refuge.
“Sometimes Latino urban history is thought of as the history of a cultural community and that’s a little dismissive. I examine people contesting and reshaping the use of space.”
“There are a lot of basic things that America has still not accepted in terms of how to live a happy urban life.”