Just a really quick post to say that I saw Junot Diaz speak last night at the L.A. Theater Center in downtown L.A. – and it was great. I really love his book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (have read it three times, and it seems like it just came out – hmmm – it was 2007.) Last night I bought his new book This Is How You Lose Her, and looking forward to diving into it.
He touched on lots of great themes… but my overwhelming feeling about the talk was enjoying his generosity and humility – he would turn to the audience for suggestions, would talk about how other folks had great ideas, how readers bring as much to his books as he does. He had great things to say about getting out of your own networks and into common spaces and connecting with people you don’t know – also about how writing in Spanglish is fine, because, hey, readers should enjoy not quite understanding everything.
Highly recommended – go read and listen to Junot Diaz.