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seizesmyguts: “I can’t honestly say what role my writing plays physically. I just know that if it doesn’t break my fucking heart it probably ain’t worth pushing on anybody else, but maybe the ‘gritty realism’ has more to do with my memories of how incredibly fucked-up people can be, even good people, especially good people.” […]

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“Sharing just a list of books, he feared, “feels like a shortcut—like throwing out Sterling from the NBA.””

Salon shares the syllabi of two MIT classes held by Junot Diaz, and asked him about diversity in his classes, after he criticized MFA programs for being too white. For him, it is more about the approach of teaching then about taught texts, but the list isn’t too bad either.

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I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Junot […]

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Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New […]

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When people fight you to shut you up about a topic like race—and sexism, it means that you have stumbled upon the cultural silence that must be patrolled in order to maintain hegemony. Junot Díaz (via ethiopienne)

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Junot Diaz on Vampires’ Reflections and Representation.

Via lovingmyselfishard: ““You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny […]

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Tough Teen Writing

Matt de la Peña, wrote a short, beautiful essay for NPR’s Code Switch blog on the hope and perspective reading and writing can give struggling teens and adults from difficult backgrounds like macho working-class or street gangs:  My professor said something I will never forget when I went and talked to her the following week. Even […]

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The whole reason I started writing this book is because of this image I have of this fourteen-year-old girl, a poor, black, Dominican girl, half-Haitian—one of the Island’s damnés—saving the world. It’s a book is about this girl’s search for—yes—love in a world that has made it its solemn duty to guarantee that poor raced […]