"Living in an age of social media and disinformation, I find these old Chinese history books rather fascinating because they train a reader not to trust what one reads."
I’m excited about thinking about time. How I want more of it and it seems like agreeing to do less would be the answer.
"I turn to Toni Cade Bambara and Lucille Clifton for encouragement, for directions on speaking truth. While writing Concentrate, I was guided by the work of Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Stevenson, and Anna Deavere Smith—writers who’ve studied Latasha Harlins, the LA Uprising, and the relationship between Black and Asian-American communities."
"Much remains to be done if we’re to manage a leap toward real democracy—nevertheless, we’ve kept alive our prospects for achieving an ecologically livable future while fending off a host of power grabs by would-be autocrats."
"Many of the essays were born as conversations of other kinds, my responses to philosophic inquiry I have encountered in the work of other writers who contemplate community and violence and distance."
"What brings me satisfaction remains the positive infection of the imagination not normally conversant within realms prone to protracted rationally, perpetually contracted by cognitive constriction."
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