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Monday, November 5, 2012

Wednesday, November 7 Junot Diaz


Wednesday night at 8 PM on Bibliocracy, KPFK 90.7 FM:  JUNOT DIAZ.  My guest this week is the author of Drown, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Life of Oscar Wao and, now, a short story collection, This is How You Lose Her.  Junot Díaz's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. He was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New Jersey, and is a professor at MIT, all of which is both the point and beside the point as regards his skill at creating wonderous sentences which not only invite readers into a world, a block, a life but sort of insist us in with an authority built on language, humor and sincerely urgent storytelling. In the new collection, some stories which you may have read, we get a kaleidoscopic, fragmented timeline of characters and plot presented with novelistic holism and integrity, of the protagonist’s family and neighborhood and girlfriends struggling, and Yunior himself, the winning character from Drown, being charmed and charming, shamed, educated, politicized...and always being both his own worst enemy and his best teacher.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, or as a free download from the KPFK audio archives.

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