Interview

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

If I am comfortable in my unknowing, in letting the vessel of my desires for myself and others live in a space of openness and questioning then I do no harm, I am just open.

José Felipe Alvergue

“Being attentive to the dynamics of place has always been really beneficial for me just in terms of being a person, and not being locked into a way of thought that is not productive, for citizenship.”

Maggie Smith

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing Ohio poems. It’s who I am.”

Christopher Newfield (part 2)

University decline is like climate change. It has multiple causes… [and] each cause works slowly enough to allow most people to stay in denial about their effects.

Christopher Newfield

We talk a lot about the limits of critique. I’m more worried about the absence of critique. I mean institutional critique, including self-critique. That’s how professions get out of blind alleys and advance.

Jonathan Reiss

I’ve come to believe that the people in this world who do really terrible things are the ones who have no space in their minds for evil. I think one of the healthiest things a person can have is a relationship with their propensity to do wrong.

Stefano Harney (part 2)

We might say partial education is sisterhood and brotherhood of, with, and for the general antagonism.

Stefano Harney (part 1)

Leisure, hanging out, as the ground for collective practice, as emergent, collective practice under constant revision, but also as the struggle against the time and unit measures, against the access, of logistical capitalism. Leisure as struggle. That was Michael Brown and his friends.

Lisa Diedrich

I think of illness politics as similar to and connected to and intersecting with sexual politics and racial politics and class politics. Disability activists are some of the people doing this work the best right now, because they really understand that disability is central to almost everything that we do as a society.

Omar Robert Hamilton

The good thing about historical responsibility is that you don’t have to interrogate it too much — you can just run with it.