Monday, April 7, 2008
Dominicanos, Stand Up!
"It's perfectly fine if you don't believe in these 'superstitions.' In fact, it's better than fine--it's perfect. Because no matter what you believe, fukú believes in you."
--From Junot Diaz' The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Get with it, y'all: The fukú claims a Pulitzer.
I soaked up every single word, nuance, and image of Paterson and Northern New Jersey (my home), and now the rest of you will too, if you know what's good for you. This is a well-deserved award for an amazing author.
The fact that he's a Dominican pana doing amazing shit with English and Spanish? Even sweeter.
For your viewing pleasure:
Authors @ Google Presents Junot Diaz, 9/26/2007--
Rich Villar is the author of the poetry collection Comprehending Forever (Willow Books, 2014). He directs Acentos, an organization fostering audiences and community around Latino/a literature, and he has been quoted on Latino literature and culture by The New York Times and the Daily News.