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Monthly Archives: September 2012

All this universe.

As Díaz pulled out one document after another, I got the sense that, if only he could have carried a big-enough folder — maybe one the size of a couple of continents — he would have packed in just about everything he has ever seen or heard or (especially) read: libraries of fan fiction, rusty knives, third-world crowds, petroglyphs, secret police. His work is defined by this kind of radical inclusiveness — the language of drug dealers and Tolkien dorks; the problems of destitute Dominican women and their more privileged American sons. This receptivity to all the possible sources of inspiration is what makes Díaz’s work both so distinctively rich and, it seems to me, so difficult for him to write. It’s like trying to distill the ocean down to a glass of water.
Sam Anderson, “Junot Diaz Hates Writing Short Stories

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Work.

dynamic belief always carries plenty of questions, and music offers an immediate and powerful way to confront them

how to struggle within that life, and get to the point where I could either walk on within it or walk away
Ann Powers on Mumford & Sons for NPR

Yet

Great artists have incorporated that old-time religion, and old-timey rhythms, ever since old times. It’s how you do it that matters. A sense of humor helps; a more exploratory sense of history maybe even more. There are no roots outside the Gates of Eden.
Chuck Eddy on Mumford & Sons for SPIN

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Campus.

I’m looking forward to getting a modern phone, though.

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Weekend, cont.

I’m sitting in a coffee shop with my tea, & that reminds me of you; writing, which reminds me of me; and writing about what reminds me of me and you and everyone and everything else I’ve ever known.

The roof doesn’t get a picture yet; it’s still secret, I guess.

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What I think, right now.

This weekend I’m working on a personal essay for class; Lauren took a picture of me at work on it last night. This kind of essay, my professor says, is about how you feel about something, right now, at this moment, and he has been quoting lots of bravery-words at us.

As you have seen, I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

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