1. “You are a decent-looking nice lady — there’s nothing wrong with your bait,” he declared. “Clearly, there’s something wrong with your hook.”

    Personal Musings
  2. “So those who hold the privilege and control the decision-making process need to push until they’re bordering on discomfort, and then they will know they’re headed in the right direction.”

    Commentary
  3. [I]t seems to me that bouncing back relies on certain predictable laws of motion. But nothing is predictable anymore. That means we’re not going to bounce back. We’re going to bounce forward or sideways or all over the place, and we’re going to have to figure out how to do it as we go.

    Current Events
  4. “Dear Literature,
    Thank you for keeping us entertained, making us think, showing us other worlds, and offering glorious distraction when reality has us freaking out. What would we do without you? We love you forever.
    Signed, Readers”

    Books
  5. Now that the war and theft is speeding up and spreading outward, it is catching up many more people, including many of the white middle class people who used to think that they were safe from all that kind of thing. The big question will be: what will we middle class white people do?

    Current Events
  6. This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.

    Current Events
  7. “We’re all pointing in different directions. I’d like to think I know where True North is, but with so many others’ fingers extended, jabbing all over the place, how can I be sure?”

    Commentary
  8. “As much as possible I want to praise the hunger and the wanting itself. What your work longs for is to connect with others. That wanting is not ego. It’s artistic ambition, and your art deserves that.”

    Art
  9. “They are in my life because of a confluence of coincidence, but also fundamentally because I moved from comfort.”

    Exploration
  10. “It’s kind of related to this concept that Gloria Steinem writes about, the idea that we are linked, not ranked.”

    Culture
  11. “We will not wake up with hangovers and crock pots full of black eyed peas and feel suddenly settled or resolved, there will be no obvious solutions to our problems. No matter how resolute we may be, the date on the calendar is not an enabler.”

    Essay
  12. “One of my resolutions is to get in the habit of writing more frequently, and part of that is learning to write shorter.”

    Inspiration
  13. “Responsibility does not just lie with the writer, because literature is, at its very heart, a collaborative effort. The reader is complicit in the creation of the story, bringing their own prejudices and ways of seeing the world.”

    Fiction
  14. “Hopelessness is necessary for the hard work of resisting tyranny and fascism. It is the precondition for sustained social movements because history isn’t a straight line. It is a spinning top that eventually moves forward but also always goes round and round as it does.”

    Current Events
  15. “Yes, everyone should be talking about climate change, but you should also be talking about the fact that Native communities deserve to survive, because our lives are worth defending in their own right — not simply because ‘this affects us all.’”

    Current Events
  16. “We no longer had the recipe or the creator of the recipe, just a limited supply of a cranberry sauce that would never be made in the same way again. And out of those limits arose a more pronounced gratitude than our Thanksgiving table had ever seen.”

    Family
  17. “It’s easy to think of our work in universities as indulgent when so many lives are at stake, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Universities, when done right, can be crucibles of equality.”

    Academia
  18. “For the Trump voters, Trump’s racism may have been just part of the package deal, the Cinemax they had accept to get the HBO. For those who are the target of that racism (and sexism, and homophobia), however, it’s not Cinemax. It’s their lives.”

    Commentary
  19. “You might feel lost right now. There is always a map. There is always a way.”

    Political Commentary
  20. “Let’s move into 2017 as a nation united; a nation which takes care of each other – regardless of the differences in our politics. Let’s remember that politics are ideas, but politicians are people.”

    Commentary
  21. “46% of the small businesses in America are off the grid, meaning they are operating without a website. The idea of 100 Project is to transform small businesses in Detroit by getting 100 Detroit neighborhood businesses on the grid.”  

    Business
  22. “The truth is there is no one to blame for the demise of newspapers… The entire linchpin of the newspaper business model was controlling distribution, and when that linchpin was obliterated by the Internet, it was inevitable that the entire apparatus would collapse.”

    Internet
  23. America is lucky black people are really only fighting to be treated equally. Considering a black person is shot by police at an average of every 28 hours, we could be asking for more.
     
    We could be asking for what it owes.

    Film
  24. “So, while the lobby of the cancer center is probably one of the most depressing places on the planet, it’s also one that gives me an odd sense of comfort.”

    Death
  25. “Will we need certifications for neural networks as fit for driving a car or flying a plane? Will an algorithm have to get a driver’s license? Will we trust the creators of the algorithms to not game that testing system?”

    Data