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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

You whispered my full name and we fell asleep in each other's arms and I remember how the next morning you were gone, completely gone, and nothing in my bed or the house could have proven otherwise.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Junot Diaz

He was like all boys: beautiful and callow, and like an insect he couldn't sit still.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

Character is the plot in many ways

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

I was in fact pretty much - by the larger culture, by the local culture, by people around me, by people on TV - encouraged to imagine women as something slightly inferior to men.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

Artists are not cheerleaders, and we're not the heads of tourism boards. We expose and discuss what is problematic, what is contradictory, what is hurtful and what is silenced in the culture we're in.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

We hide so well. This is the bottom line: how hidden is male subjectivity? Name five books where male subjectivity is produced in an honest way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Students teach all sorts of things but most importantly they make explicit the courage that it takes to be a learner, the courage it takes to open yourself to the transformative power of real learning and that courage I am exposed to almost every day at MIT and that I'm deeply grateful for.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Junot Diaz

Don't panic. Say, Hey, no problem. Run a hand through your hair like the whiteboys do even though the only thing that runs easily through your hair is Africa.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Know that in this world there's somebody who will always love you.

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

I mean, I’m an artist by nature, no one considers what I do and no one knows who the heck I am, but that anybody does - it is astonishing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Junot Diaz

Writing checks with his mouth that his ass could never hope to cover.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

The body is what reminds us on a daily basis that we're human. The body defies us, it betrays us, we have to struggle with it, you know. And it reveals in curious and in abiding ways how we are not perfect.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Junot Diaz

He's really jealous, Ybon said rather weakly. Just have him meet me, Oscar said. I make all boyfriends feel better about themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I love “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” That was like the only black book we read in high school...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

The art is just really mysterious. If I understood it more, maybe I would write more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

To an outsider, I just seem like a list of accomplishments. To me, all there is is how often I fail.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Like most lit nerds, I'm a voracious reader. I never got enough poetry under my belt growing up but I do read it - some of my favorites, Gina Franco and Angela Shaw and Cornelius Eady and Kevin Young, remind me daily that unless the words sing and dance, what's the use of putting them down on paper.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Mine (story) ain't the scariest, the clearest, the most painful, or the most beautiful. It just happens to be the one that's got it's fingers around my throat.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

Each morning, before Jackie started her studies, she wrote on a clean piece of paper: Tarde venientibus ossa. To the latecomers are left the bones.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I have three storage units, and that's no lie. Three storage units. All books.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

As an artist you're on a journey of discovery and sometimes that journey takes a long time, doesn't subscribe to [a] train schedule, to the punch-clock. And I need to read a lot to make my pages happen.

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 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

For a long time, I let my mother say what she wanted about me, and what was worse, for a long time I believed her.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Junot Diaz

I mean, shit, what Latino family doesn't think it's cursed?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

But no matter what the truth, remember: Dominicans are Caribbean and therefore have an extraordinary tolerance for extreme phenomena

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I can't imagine anybody who ends up being an artist who didn't pass through a time of geekiness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

Infidelity raises profound questions about intimacy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Just the fact that you get to live and breathe and interact with the world - that's pretty marvelous.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

My thing is every generation of Americans has to answer what we call the 'Superman Question.' Superman comes, lands in America. He's illegal. He's one of these kids. He's wrapped up in a red bullfighter's cape. And you've got to decide what we're gonna do with Superman.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

I think that most of us are aware that as writers we are seeking absences, we're seeking silences, we're seeking spaces that people haven't entered. No writer is saying, "Hey, I want to go to this very well trod territory and say exactly what someone else has done." I think the nature of a writer, because we are attempting to bring to light areas that people haven't seen before, tends in some ways to be progressive, at least in that light.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

New Jersey is to New York what Santo Domingo is to the United States. I always felt that those two landscapes, not only just the landscapes themselves but their relationships to what we would call 'a center' or 'the center of the universe,' has in some ways defined my artistic and critical vision.

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 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Our relationship wasn't the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn't bullshit, either.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

Instead of lowering your head and copping to it like a man, you pick up the journal as one might hold a bady's beshattered diaper, as one might pinch a recently benutted condom. You glance at the offending passages. Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel. This is how you lose her.

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 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

Stereotypes, they're sensual, cultural weapons. That's the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

In another universe I probably came out OK, ended up with mad novias and jobs and a sea of love in which to swim, but in this world I had a brother who was dying of cancer and a long dark patch of life like a mile of black ice waiting for me up ahead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

In the end, all worlds, whether they're set in the future or in New Jersey of today, are fictions. Sure, you don't got to do too much work to build a mundane world, but don't get it twisted: you still got to do some work.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

The idea that America has cornered the market on anti-immigration is ridiculous. It's a global phenomenon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Junot Diaz

When I was thinking about these women characters, no matter how bad a person I am - a bad writer, my limitations, my sexism, you know - the thought was, it would be useful as a writer to try to create a template for all the male writers, especially Dominican male writers, especially males of color, of how a writer can use seeing to create more nuanced representations of women.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Junot Diaz

I was surrounded by a lot of male writers of color who have this incredibly bizarre relationship to masculinity. It's like we were all mega-nerds but you would never know that if you listened to the way they talk about themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Junot Diaz

I act most like myself... when I'm in my hometown, Santo Domingo. I try to get there about five times a year.

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 try every trick in the book to keep her. You write her letters. You quote Neruda. You cancel your Facebook. You give her the passwords to all your e-mail accounts. Because you know in your lying cheater’s heart that sometimes a start is all we ever get.

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 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.