"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
An aerodynamicist and an anthropologist discuss the world of “Dune,” finding it as aesthetically beautiful as it is functionally implausible.
"Often, the question of which place-names stick is about which ones hit our ears right."
“Americans—whether they believe they are not racist or whether they are stone-cold racists—still struggle to see the structures of racism.”
“They all wanted to imagine a different possibility of an integrated neighborhood, where folks worked together.”
“The question becomes, What can we do to make democracy more economically, socially, and politically just?”
“Liberation begins in the mind… Black folks have never been given the opportunity to define our own reality.”
“The longer history of hostility toward foreigners remains latent. It has not gone away.”
“We don't have a party. That doesn't mean we need one big organization. We may need a few big organizations. But we need organizations!”
“There is nothing supreme about being white.”
“Given the long, tainted history of sex under patriarchy, maybe we need reparative norms around sex.”
“We need to have both the reparation and the universal perspective on economic justice.”
"I really liked Cardi B’s 'WAP.' It reminded me of one of the earliest poems written in history."
“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.”