“The Brief Wondrous Life of Osacar Wao” author Junot Diaz talked to us about his new book “This is How You Lose Her” — and the raw and candid language he’s known for.
Díaz’s brutality — or vulgarity, or bluntness, or honesty, call it what you like — is bracing, beautiful and apt.
Take this passage from “Alma,” the third story in the book: “You, Yunior, have a girlfriend named Alma, who has a long tender horse neck and a big Dominican ass that seems to exist in a fourth dimension beyond jeans. An ass that could drag the moon out of orbit.”
“There’s some people who this s*** doesn’t work for them and all they see is the crudeness,” he said. Díaz compares literary rawness to such candidness in music, where you expect words to take the shape of life.
“You can say anything behind an ill beat. And I think that that’s what it is, is that there is no ill beat in f***ing literature.”
[Photos by Victoria Will]