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Junot Díaz Quote: “When I became my masked identity I was this incredible little nerd, but in the real world I had to be this tough kid from the neighborhood.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Before there was an American Story, before Paterson spread before Oscar and Lola like a dream, or the trumpets from the Island of our eviction had even sounded, there was their mother, Hypatia Belicia Cabral: a girl so tall your leg bones ached just looking at her, so dark it was as if the Creatrix had, in her making, blinked.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “As artists we are here to make you uncomfortable with the complexity of your reality.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “In the months that follow you bend to the work, because it feels like hope, like grace – and because you know in your lying cheater’s heart that sometimes a start is all we ever get.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Character is the plot in many ways.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “A person doesn’t mourn forever.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I guess I’m just hopelessly fascinated by the realities that you can assemble out of connected fragments.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Katrina was one of those things that rips the clothes off of the guy who keeps saying he’s a saint, and underneath you see that he’s a monster.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “It took me sixteen years to write.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Even if you didn’t come from another country, the idea of how do you make a home somewhere new is common to anyone who’s either going to college, shifting towns.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I always individuate myself from other writers who say they would die if they couldn’t write. For me, I’d die if I couldn’t read.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “For me it’s a remarkable thing that there is a prize celebrating and honouring and making for a brief moment short fiction the centre of the literary universe.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Love is the only thing – I don’t want to say that “makes it bearable” – but I feel like without the possibility of love, this place would just devour us.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I discovered early that as an artist there was absolutely nothing wrong with being surrounded by people who were not dedicated to your field.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Personally I always feel like I could use a little more of poetry apothegmatic power in my own work but we’re always lacking something.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “To produce that identity among young people required guinea pigs.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I have three storage units, and that’s no lie. Three storage units. All books.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “In minority communities there’s a sensitivity, often a knee-jerk reaction, to critical representations. There’s a misunderstanding of what an artist does.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “There is a lot of scepticism today as to whether memoir is real. But when fiction is done at a certain level there is scepticism as to whether it is really fiction.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Being an author is always like being a well-run dictatorship – it’s all one person speaking.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “Sadness at being caught, at the incontrovertibe knowledge that she will never forgive you.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “As for my slowness as a writer – that’s been a struggle, no question. We live in a culture that values and rewards machine-speed productivity. Even the arts are expected to conform to the Taylor model of productivity.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “I sleep way too much and I read tremendously.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “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.”
Junot Díaz Quote: “The only difference between a published and unpublished writer is a tolerance for imperfection.”
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