In this brief feel-piece, Sandra K. Soto feels her way around some of the “flickering recognition” that sparked her love of José Esteban Muñoz and his wildly original and audacious efforts to read brown embodiment, wit, and affect through a non- (but never anti-) identitarian lens. Loss and grief—which underpin this rumination—enable the kind of slow and intimate reading that Muñoz’s ephemeral experiments with brownness demand.

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