With deep gratitude, I recognize my social network of dear and invaluable friends and colleagues for the conversations, time, encouragement, and kindnesses: Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Miguel Segovia, Gloria Chacón, Russell Contreras, Norman Holland, Marc Schachter, Priscilla Wald, Antonio Viego, Richard Rosa, Walter Mignolo, Roberto Dainotto, Michaeline Crichlow, Sarah Deutsch, Anna Krylova, María DeGuzmán, Tanya Shields, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Arturo Arias, John Morán González, Raúl Coronado, Richard Perez, Belinda Rincón, Lázaro Lima, Rodrigo Lazo, Marissa K. López, Maria A. Windell, Benjamin J. Robertson, Rene Galvan, Jaime Acosta Gonzalez, and Dell Williams. A special mention to the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South and the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University for the institutional support. Many thanks, of course, to my editor, Danielle Kasprzak, for her generous attention and for believing in this project so early on. Heartfelt thanks—and more thanks—to Eduardo Contreras, my first and last reader, my sounding board, my most trusted interlocutor, my very best friend, my kindred spirit. Epic thanks to my pawsome teenager and forever baby, Theodor W. Adorno, my cherished catito, for always running to greet me no matter the hour, for being a devoted companion, for the love. Thank you all for the collective energy and for the parts you have played in making this work possible.