Junot Díaz wins the Pulitzer

Junot Diaz
Dominican author Junot Díaz had this wonderful comment, related to our work right now on The Etmology of Bird running through May 18, 2008.

“I’m just this Dominican kid from New Jersey,” Díaz said. “If anybody deserves this, it’s all those people who dragged my giving-up, depressed [expletive] over the finish line” — among them his fiance, Elizabeth de León, and his agent, Nicole Aragi, “who spent 11 years telling me, ‘You can do this.’ ”

The real importance of his prize, he said, lies in its potential effect on others: “For any young person who’s attempting to make art against all the odds, I hope this can be inspiration and motivation.”

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