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Junot Diaz
By Anonym 19 Sep

Junot Diaz

Trauma is a time traveller, an ouroboros that reaches back and devours everything that came before.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

Used to be in the old days, only the pulp writers wrote like machines. Now everybody is expected to be literary John Henrys. So in that context someone like me is an anomaly.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

We get so many people saying short fiction is not economical, that it doesn't sell; but there are so many of us enjoying writing it and reading it. So it's wonderful to be around people who love short fiction too - it's like hanging around with my tribe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I guess I'm just hopelessly fascinated by the realities that you can assemble out of connected fragments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I have a very powerful sense of place, but I have a very powerful sense of being a migrant, so it's both. It seems like I'm always leaving my home. That's part of the formula. I love the Dominican Republic. I go back all the time. I love New Jersey. Go back all the time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I'm one of those apocalyptics. From the start of my immigrant days, I've been fascinated by end-of-the-world stories, by outbreak narratives, and always wanted to set a world-ender on Hispaniola.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level any reflection of themselves

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

I wring my hands because I know that as a dude, my privilege, my long-term deficiencies work against me in writing women, no matter how hard I try and how talented I am.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

My father was a trigamist; he supported three families. We were never not poor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

...and when he thought about the way she laughed, as though she owned the air around her, his heart thundered inside his chest, a lonely rada.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

...sometimes a start is all we ever get.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Junot Diaz

I flip through the book, one of his top three, without question, to the last horrifying chapter: ‘A Stronger Loving World'. To the only panel he's circled. Oscar-who never defaced a book in his life-circled one panel three times in the same emphatic pen he used to write his last letters home. The panel where Adrian Veidt and Dr. Manhattan are having their last convo. After the mutant brain has destroyed New York City; after Dr. Manhattan has murdered Rorschach; after Veidt's plan has succeeded in ‘saving the world'. Veidt says: ‘I did the right thing, didn't I? It all worked out in the end'. And Manhattan, before fading from our Universe, replies: ‘In the end? Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends'.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

Decir estudiante hoy en día no significa na, pero en una América Latina con los ánimos exaltados por la Caída de Arbenz, por el Apedreo de Nixon, por las Guerrillas de la Sierra Maestra, por las cínicas maniobras sin fin de los Yankee Pig Dogs —en una América Latina ya entrada año y medio en la Década de la Guerrilla— ser estudiante era algo, un agente de cambio, una secuencia de quantum vibrante en el universo serio newtoniano.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Junot Diaz

She has the scared, hunted look of the unlucky.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Junot Diaz

You can't regret the life you didn't lead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I seem to enjoy telling stories with a central absence, with a lacuna tunnelled into them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

I write for the people I grew up with. I took extreme pains for my book to not be a native informant. Not: 'This is Dominican food. This is a Spanish word.' I trust my readers, even non-Spanish ones.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

The Prisoner's Wife echoes Edwidge Danticat's Farming of the Bones in the urgency in which it reminds us of the possibility of love even amidst the ruins. This is a terrifying, heart-breaking and, ultimately, important book.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

[Donald] Trump is taking America's dirty laundry to the center stage. Everything he does, the rest of the country already does really well: victimize immigrants, poor people, women.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

As expected: she, the daughter of the Fall, recipient of its heaviest radiation, loved atomically.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

And because love, real love, is not so easily shed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

Alma is in a painting phase, and the people she paints are all the color of mold, look like they've just been dredged from the bottom of a lake. Her last painting was of you, slouching against the front door: only your frowning I-had-a-lousy-Third-World-childhood-and-all-I-got-was-this-attitude eyes recognizable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

In fact, looking at the darkest sides of the United States has only made me appreciate the things that we do right, the things that we do beautifully. We are, for all of our mistakes and all of our crimes, a remarkable place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

Honestly, connecting once at the deepest level with someone, you know, once you've done that, even if your life goes to hell, man, it was really worth living.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

I was really drawn to thinking about the women in my life. Thinking about my mother, who's a very powerful force on me. And I have these two very strong sisters who took up a lot of imaginary space in my life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

You were at the age where you could fall in love with a girl over an expression, over a gesture

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

But it's clear to me that us slow-poke writers are a dying breed. It's amazing how thoroughly my young writing students have internalized the new machine rhythm, the rush many of my young writers are in to publish. The majority don't want to sit on a book for four, five years. The majority don't want to listen to the silence inside and outside for their artistic imprimatur. The majority want to publish fast, publish now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I prefer the 1950s where people were like, "I'm a white supremacist, and that's who I am." Now people want to burn a cross on your lawn and call themselves not racists.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

When you're the ones in the life raft and you have four or five women in the life raft who put it together, by the end of it your nerves are blown. The people you're going to attack are the people who are helping you, who you are holding it together with.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

The Caribbean is such an apocalyptic place, whether it's the decimation of the indigenous populations by the Europeans, whether it's the importation of slaves and their subsequent being worked to death by the millions in many ways, whether it's the immigrant processes which began for many people, new worlds ending their old ones.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Junot Diaz

There were a lot of these middle-aged single types in the neighborhood, shipwrecked by every kind of catastrophe, but she was one of the few who didn't have children, who lived alone, who was still kinda young. Something must have happened, your mother speculated. In her mind, a woman with no child could be explained only by vast untrammelled calamity. Maybe she just doesn't like children. Nobody likes children, your mother assured you. That doesn't mean you don't have them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

To produce that identity among young people required guinea pigs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

If you're a status quo writer, you're considered to not be political but that's as political as if you're a progressive writer. Some politics are asked to show their passports and others aren't. In the Dominican Republique, if you're slightly progressive, people have a lot of suspicions that you're up to some sort of conspiracy, that this is some sort of plot. On the other hand, if you're conservative and mainstream, people tend to take that as a given and don't notice the politics.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I sat down next to her. Took her hand. This can work, I said. All we have to do is try.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Nobody warned me that when you fall in love, you really fall in love forever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I mean, the nation in which we live - and the world in which we live - is so extraordinarily more like a future than the futures that we're being sold on the screen and on television.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I didn't start writing until late high school and then I was just diddling. Mainly I loved to read and my writing was an outgrowth of that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I'm an immigrant and I will stay an immigrant forever.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

We all dream dreams of unity, of purity; we all dream that there's an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. If it wasn't for our longing for these things, I doubt the novel or the short story would exist in its current form. I'm not going to say much more on the topic. Just remember: In dictatorships, only one person is really allowed to speak. And when I write a book or a story, I too am the only one speaking, no matter how I hide behind my characters.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

The world should always be concerned whenever a vast human rights violation occurs anywhere on the planet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I really am a believer that 99.99% of all the stories we need, not only as artists but as human beings, not only as writers but as readers, haven't been written yet. Certainly haven't been published yet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

In minority communities there's a sensitivity, often a knee-jerk reaction, to critical representations. There's a misunderstanding of what an artist does.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

It's exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, that prayer has dominion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

A person doesn't mourn forever.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

We're accepted as long as we conform to what we are expected to be, and I'm sure that's not any different for anyone else.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

People can say what they want, but historically, feminism in the Dominican Republic has been extremely strong.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Junot Diaz

You can’t find intimacy—you can’t find home—when you’re always hiding behind masks. Intimacy requires a certain level of vulnerability. It requires a certain level of you exposing your fragmented, contradictory self to someone else. You running the risk of having your core self rejected and hurt and misunderstood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

The only difference between a published and unpublished writer is a tolerance for imperfection.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I feel most like myself... after I run - I go out for five miles every morning.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Junot Diaz

She had reason to doubt him; he was real good at planning but real bad at doing.