“While ungovernability takes many paths, here it approximates living in and as refusal.”
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“If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them,” wrote Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, “Their oil would become tears.”
“I love the moments where your books really linger on their encounters with power.”
“The survival of the world depends on the gendered work of subsistence and reproduction, carried out predominantly by women in the global South.”
How do current social and political arrangements limit our opportunities for feeling better?
As the planet warms, environmental destruction obliges us to revise the technoscience expertise and institutions once based on colonial legacies.
When did we all become so empowered, passionate, and self-enterprising?
In this latest episode of the Writing Latinos podcast, we discuss how some Afro-Latinas argue that the US census needs to accept that Latinos are not a race.
What were the books of 2022 that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us?
“For those Afro-Caribbean Panamanian who had lived through Panama’s Canal Zone apartheid, Brooklyn segregation probably came as no surprise.”
Even the most successful authors—like Phillis Wheatley and W. E. B. Du Bois—fail to publish all they’d like. What can that reveal about literature?
Shola von Reinhold’s novel is central to any reckoning with the politics of the archive, not to mention contemporary literature itself.
For decades, undocumented Americans have been asked to tell their stories, in the hopes that this would galvanize political change. Did it work?
“Consider the laughter on October 15, 1982—after 1,000 people died from complications related to AIDS—at the Reagan White House press briefing.”
“When did everyone become Black and not of specific nations themselves? Why did being Black mean not belonging to a place?”
“I don't really want to write about theory, but it just keeps coming up again and again. It's inescapable.”
If queer today often looks rather like heteronormativity’s “sick and boring life,” how can we cultivate queerer worlds, or other possibilities?
Institutions separate complainers from one another and from their own support networks. But what if we complained as a collective?
White supremacy tells us we do not belong, but we do have a place in history.