Samantha Pinto’s Infamous Bodies has changed conversations in the field of Black feminist studies, insisting not only on the importance of celebrity as an analytic, but also centering difficult and challenging objects as necessary for the continued vibrancy of our field. Pinto’s book centers the category of celebrity as a way in which Black women come into visibility, and as bodies (famous and infamous) who come to hold cultural and political desires, attachments, and longings. Pinto treats celebrity as a “genre of black political history, one that foregrounds culture, femininity, and media consumption as not merely reflective of, ancillary to, or compensation for black exclusion from formal politics, but as the grounds of the political itself” (3). What do we want from Black women celebrities, Pinto asks, not only in the moment of their fame/infamy, but in the decades and centuries to follow, when their stories are obsessively told and retold? In probing these longings, Pinto pushes her readers—and the fields of Black studies and gender studies—from what she terms the “attendant genres of heroism and tragedy as the model of black political subjectivity” (10) toward a delightfully uncomfortable embrace of uncertainty and vulnerability. She turns attention to Phillis Wheatley, Sarah Baartman, Sally Hemmings, Mary Seacole, and Sara Forbes Bonetta, all of whom have proven to be “difficult” in their complexity, and in their challenges to categories of freedom, consent, contract, and citizenship. In so doing, she suggests the importance of difficult and uncomfortable figures for Black feminist scholarship, as it is these figures that can challenge and unsettle entrenched conceptions of race, rights, and representation. Pinto’s book is breathtaking in its intellectual reach, speaking across multiple fields, including Black feminist theory, literary studies, performance studies, and ongoing debates about rights (and the afterlives of rights) in critical legal studies. The responses to Pinto’s book—from scholars working across fields—are truly a testament to the interdisciplinary reach and provocativeness of Infamous Bodies, a book which has already prompted necessary conversations.