Interviews

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.

Lynn Melnick

I’m just really angry. And a lot of times when I sit down to write, that’s what’s guiding me.

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.

Ariel Francisco

“I don’t think imitation is bad, like writing a poem in the style of a poet you admire, but it’s a lot more fun for me to engage them directly. I enjoy wearing my influences on my sleeves.”

Guy Delisle

To be completely deprived of your freedom. That always has fascinated me.

Jen George

I don’t write just to see what’ll happen. I’m not interested in hippy art. I’m in conversation with certain things and I work to get all of those things into a unified place.

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