fresh in the miracle of birth,
your eyes were the universe

May 11

Junot Diaz on Men Who Write About Women

  • The Atlantic: It sounds like you're saying that literary "talent" doesn't inoculate a writer—especially a male writer—from making gross, false misjudgments about gender. You'd think being a great writer would give you empathy and the ability to understand people who are unlike you—whether we're talking about gender or another category. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
  • Junot Diaz: I think that unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Without fail. The only way not to do them is to admit to yourself [that] you're fucked up, admit to yourself that you're not good at this shit, and to be conscious in the way that you create these characters. It's so funny what people call inspiration. I have so many young writers who're like, "Well I was inspired. This was my story." And I'm like, "OK. Sir, your inspiration for your stories is like every other male's inspiration for their stories: that the female is only in there to provide sexual service." There comes a time when this mythical inspiration is exposed for doing exactly what it's truthfully doing: to underscore and reinforce cultural structures, or I'd say, cultural asymmetry.

Apr 25


I wonder if it’s too late for me

Not feeling sorry for myself

Just wondering

I’ve lived alone for so much of my life

It feels like destiny

Longs stretches of alone

Short bursts of love

Like artillery shells lighting up the night

But wouldn’t it be a mistake

To take that for the sun

Even the moon is steadier

Keeps coming back

Is never gone for long

I long for love

Circle it as if I were its moon

But do I want to be consumed

The women I’ve loved have all been better than me

Maybe what I long for is to be the man i ought to be

Maybe I just want to be alone


But maybe that’s what I’ve been made for

Apr 16

love and sorrow for all the innocent lives who are dying all over the world - from boston to congo to iraq

Apr 15

Another proud act by Obama, the great liberal hero. As history has proven so many times, for “liberals” in power, scratch a liberal and you’ll find a fascist. Once you buy into trying to make the system work, you become the slave of the system, and the logic of the system forces you to buy into the violence that maintains it. 


Apr 12

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