“There is definitely a line between victims and perpetrators. But that line is not essentially determined.”
“People rise through the ranks and are allowed to hide torture in plain sight because they become complicit.”
The “border” is not a line on the ground, but a tool to enable violence and surveillance.
“It’s like ‘The Minority Report,’ only without psychics.”
"The real value, the biggest value, of sport to me is that it is this gigantic arena for feeling."
“We teach science as separate from the rest of the world. I want people who live in the world to see how they’re actually doing science.”
“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."