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Junot Diaz Geeks out Over Comics:
"In addition to being a Pulitzer-winning, chart-topping novelist and
short story writer, Junot Díaz is more than a little nerdy. Okay, very
nerdy. His work — including his latest story collection, This is How You Lose Her
— is filled with references to geek-culture touchstones that blend
seamlessly with historical analysis and intimate struggle. And towering
above all else, his fiction is filled with references to comic books.
But no one had ever interviewed him just about those comics. That’s why
filmmaker Abraham Riesman went for a trip to St. Mark’s Comics in
Manhattan — a longtime haunt for Díaz — to talk comics. To Riesman’s
surprise, Díaz’s comics knowledge was even deeper and broader than he
had expected." Click heading to watch video.
"Junot Diaz" by Edwidge Dnaticat:
"If Marvel Comics had gotten around to it, Oscar Wao would have been a
hero. As it is, Junot Díaz stepped in and made him one first. Oscar is a
Dominican nerd (an oxymoron) who “could write in Elvish, could speak
Chakobsa, could differentiate between a Slan, a Dorsai, and a Lensman in
acute detail.” A young aspiring writer with wet dreams, Oscar steps out
of the Dominican diaspora in New Jersey with such a singular vision of
romance, such a nonstop hankering for a world where the underdog
actually wins, that we fall in love with him. Oscar, spawned by a writer
with a profound understanding of the mythical implications of science
fiction as well as the history of the Dominican Republic under what Díaz
would call a bad-ass dictator named Trujillo (true story), is heir to a
fakú. That’s a curse."
The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz:
"Oscar de León was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always
going on about. He wasn’t no player. Except for one time, he’d never had
much luck with women. He’d been seven then." Click heading to read the rest of the excerpt. Note: Excerpt contains language some may find offensive.