Iain Haley Pollock

renders a complete response to your question What are you? (or more properly Who are you?) so intricate and expansive as to make the question functionally unanswerable in the time our encounter—which both of us would like to be as brief and casual as possible—allows. I’m willing to wager, however, that you’re asking option two: the racial question. And I’ll double down that you’re asking from within the narrow confines of an American construction that carries the racial residue no salt air could scour from the hulls of conquistadors’ and colonists’ Atlantic crossings, such that your question