“What if we identified the politics of municipal debt as circumscribing political horizons and futures?”
“For those of us who can feel unsettled in terms of identity, translation can feel like home.”
“The longer history of hostility toward foreigners remains latent. It has not gone away.”
“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.”
“It’s like ‘The Minority Report,’ only without psychics.”
“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.”
"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.”
Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
“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.”
"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.”
"A song was written through me, and I say that because I didn't write it. The words were given to me."