“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”
—Junot Díaz, from The Daily Beast’s “How I Write” interviews. Díaz is a Dominican-American author, who is known for his best-selling novel, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His latest book, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of short stories that was a finalist for the National Book Award.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Diaz a couple of times and corresponding with him via email, right before he won the Pulitzer. A very down-to-earth, thoughtful person who was highly deserving of the recognition and practices what he preached in the quotation above!
That’s amazing! I keep wishing that one day I will randomly bump into him on the street somewhere and we will immediately become great friends and have long conversations on books over tea. Actually, I wish that for all my favorite authors. 🙂