“What is the range of available measures to address our catastrophic future?”
“Individual Americans thought they were the only ones who could not afford to send their kids to college.”
“As often the most vulnerable in our cities, immigrants face struggles that reflect the wider landscape of housing precarity.”
“You fall short and then you wonder, 'what could I do differently next time that gets us a little bit closer?' I love that process.”
“The everyday ways that people challenge environmental destruction can be quite powerful.”
“The first thing he said is, ‘Don't call me Mr. Baldwin. My name is Jimmy.’ I thought, this is ridiculous, at the very least he's James.”
“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.”