My acknowledgments will inevitably be incomplete. A glance at the index
accompanying this volume will indicate to the curious name seeker those
with whom I’ve been in conversation through time. Too long a list to name
here, but I continue to be grateful for the sustenance of varying kinds I’ve
received from these participants.
I thank Alex Alberro for the initial invitation to compile a selection of my
dispersed writings into a single uniﬁed language volume. The process of a
book’s coming into existence can be a surprisingly long and circuitous one.
I thank Kobena Mercer for prompting me to move these words and Fred
Moten for encouraging me to share my initial manuscript with Ken Wisso-
ker. Ken’s immediate enthusiasm and that of the manuscript readers al-
lowed this book to grow to the measure I’d imagined. My warmest gratitude
extends to everyone I worked with at Duke University Press (Jade Brooks,
Jessica Ryan, and Amy Buchanan) who’ve made the publishing process for
this volume such a lovely one.
For her incisive and informative introduction I thank Gloria Sutton. I
thank my friends through time in diﬀerent parts of the world for existing.
Special thanks to all of the editors who invited and commissioned writ-
ings, as well as to all of the curators and institutions who invited me to pro-
duce works that in the intricate process of working, thinking, and feeling
led to these writings.
I also thank
School of Architecture + Planning for its
as it has allowed the book to be lavishly illustrated.
Among the various eﬀorts to animate these words while waiting to pub-
lish them I wish to heartily thank the Reading Performance Workshop
participants who gave life to the manuscript with their voices and perfor-
mances in San Francisco back in 2010.
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