"My grandfather, the first Black basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh, is one of thirty-three 1,000-point scorers in the school’s history and graduated with an engineering degree."
"Ditches here were layered; you got a front-line ditch, reserve line, and then artillery just outside the ditches. Each ditch was only about five feet wide, but they went on for miles to the flanks. This ditch was part of one that went clear across France and Belgium. Some people take comfort in the ditches’ snaked length, in their womb-like innards and phallic shape. At some point in the war every inch of it had been moved."
"The question of the relationship between humans and our technologies is not a new discussion and neither is the fear that technology may lead to a possible 'dehumanization' or 'denaturalization.'"
"In Colombia, there’s a word we use, and none of us know what it means. This is a personal chronology as an attempt at an etymology."
"Dahi puri was my favorite thing, and I wanted to submit to the song of strudels and mittens my own nomination."
“I 'plantation-hopped' around Georgia in hopes of answering a lifelong question: How is it that the descendants of plantation life can look back on the remaining spaces and see such different things?”
"Rather than waiting around for an apocalypse, how can the monster play as a queer reimagining of relations for carrying on together?"
"For most people, watching a movie is just a simple hobby, a fun pastime to do occasionally. But for me, it always been and will be more than that. It is what connects me to my dad."
"It would almost be funny, how fragile a man and his ego can be, if it weren’t so very literally deadly. She never used to think of it as anything more than catcalls, mere shouting voices, side-eyed glances, all cast into the darkest pits of her memory."
Much Ado about Nothing can be read as a challenge to "male insecurity that stems from the connection between male honor and female chastity."