“We can’t always explain how algorithms reach their decisions. The reasoning of algorithms, like the will of God, is unfathomable.”
"So many people don’t think about food as political."
“Anyone who comes in the way of the ‘good times’ becomes a threat to capital, and to the nation-state itself.”
“That is the paradox of assimilation … You can be essential—an essential worker—and at the same time excluded from the CARES Act.”
Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
"I see disadvantaged defendants’ cultivated expertise as accurate, even though it is often invalidated and punished."
“Just do something. Just do something. Just a very small thing. I’m not an ideological person, really.”
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
“How might scientific storytelling, or stories of science, shape the struggle for liberation?”
“Solidarity is not a thing. There’s no formula, no exact science. There is ongoing process.”
“When I write, I try to begin from a place of authority and then I try to lose it over time. I want to transfer it to the reader.”
“I'll say something controversial. Bioethics tends to not interrogate the details of science, let alone the more technical questions.”
“Start-ups: they need philosophers, political theorists, historians, poets. Critics.”
"The women in my book really disrupted France’s ideas about citizenship, about who belongs. I’d like us to be similarly disruptive."
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
“We're in a science fiction novel now that we are all co-writing together.”
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
“What we build and how we build influences the kinds of families and relationships that we can have or can even imagine.”
"A song was written through me, and I say that because I didn't write it. The words were given to me."
“These are not the stories that medicine necessarily wants us to tell, but that means it’s even doubly important that we try our best to track down these narratives.”