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Junot Díaz Quote: “Love is understood, in a historical way, as one of the great human vocations – but its counterspell has always been infidelity. This terrible, terrible betrayal that can tear apart not only another person, not only oneself, but whole families.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “My greatest responsibility is to acknowledge the mistakes and the shortcomings of the country in which I live, to acknowledge my privileges, and to try to make it a better place.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “If you were a nerd computer geek in 1982, the amount of isolation you felt – at least what I experienced, or the kids I knew, the isolation they felt – was almost total. They were not part of society; no one thought they were cool.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “My mother took care of us until my father scrammed, and then she ended up working in the small-factory sector of New Jersey with a lot of other immigrants.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Spin is ‘something is beautiful because we say it’s beautiful.’”
Junot Díaz Quote: “When I got heartbroken at 20, it just felt like someone had spiraled a football right into my skull. At 40, it feels like someone had driven a 757 right through me.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “That was the summer when everything we would become was hovering just over our heads.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I can’t imagine anybody who ends up being an artist who didn’t pass through a time of geekiness.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m just this Dominican kid from New Jersey.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I’ve been trying to write. I also spent a lot of time on different campuses, in conversation, helping other writers. That’s what I do: I teach them writing.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m not writing fairy tales or object lessons.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Because I can’t seem to escape it. It’s a way for me to address and counter my questions about what it means to be human, or, in my case a Dominican human who grew up in New Jersey.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “We get these lives for free. I didn’t do anything to get this life, and no matter what the hardships are, it is free and, in a way, it’s an extraordinary bargain.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “The world should always be concerned whenever a vast human rights violation occurs anywhere on the planet.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I can always tell if someone’s from Harvard because they trot out their vitae. I would die at Harvard.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I couldn’t help it. I tried to keep it down but it just flooded through all my quiet spaces. It was a message more than a feeling, a message that tolled like a bell: change, change, change.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I sat down next to her. Took her hand. This can work, I said. All we have to do is try.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Nobody warned me that when you fall in love, you really fall in love forever.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I love ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X.’ That was like the only black book we read in high school.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Well, when you look at a lot of science fiction novels they’re asking questions about power. There are questions about what it means to have power and what are the long-term consequences of power.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Anger has a way of returning.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I seem to have to make my characters family before I can access their hearts in any way that matters.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I know for a fact that – it’s just the way our biases work now in the industry of literature, but certainly a short story collection does not receive the same kind of attention as a novel.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “My father was a trigamist; he supported three families. We were never not poor.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “When I was working on ‘Drown’ – this was way back in the mid-’90s – I had this idea that I wanted to do another collected stories. I wanted to do another book like ‘Drown’ that focused specifically on infidelity.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Just the fact that you get to live and breathe and interact with the world – that’s pretty marvelous.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I grew up in the shadow of the Trujillato, saw how the regime had ravaged so many families.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I think what happened to me was that I was always being taught to look, but one day I started to see. And it was because a lot of women in my life were refusing just to be looked at, to be this passive figure.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Stories are hard. I have friends who knock out stories on a weekly or monthly basis, like they’re running on medicinal-strength Updike. But for me a story is as daunting a prospect as a novel.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “To an outsider, I just seem like a list of accomplishments. To me, all there is is how often I fail.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Migration gives a blank cheque to put anything you don’t feel like addressing in the memory hold. No neighbours can go against the monster narrative of your family.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I don’t think you can be from the Caribbean and not know a certain amount about the apocalypse.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “She had reason to doubt him; he was real good at planning but real bad at doing.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Genre might certainly increase some of your narrative freedoms, but it also diminishes others. That’s the nature of genre.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I’m having so much trouble with writing. Maybe if I help other people, it’ll be easier for me.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “You can’t be a human without seeing.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I think one of the paradoxes of writing fiction is when people enjoy it, they want it to be real. So they look for connections.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I was neither black enough for the black kids or Dominican enough for the Dominican kids. I didn’t have a safe category.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Nobody likes children, your mother assured you. That doesn’t mean you don’t have them.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “You know how it is when you get back with somebody you’ve loved. It felt better than it ever was, better than it ever could be again.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Literature is less involved in giving you answers and more dedicated to giving you insight.”
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