HOW TO WRITE/READ A THING FROM A PLACE OF OPENNESS, NOT A CLAIM ON AUTHORITY
"I now ask you to read this book the way you would watch a play: not to emerge saying, 'The play is right!' but rather to observe that the play reveals human nuance, contradiction, limitation, joy, connection, and the tragedy of separation. That the playwright's own humanity is also an example of these unavoidable flaws.
"this is not a book to be agreed with, an exhibition of evidence or display of proof. It is instead designed for engaged and dynamic interactive collective thinking where some ideas will resonate, others will be rejected, and still others will provoke the readers to produce new knowledge themselves. Like authentic, conscious relationships, truly progressive communities, responsible citizenship, and real friendship, and like the peace-making that all these requires, it asks you to be interactive."
— Sarah Schulman, Conflict is not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair