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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback)

by Junot Díaz

"Because I speak in tongues" 0

The Dungeon Master's Workshop 0

The Millions Top Ten: May 2014 0

An eighth author becomes a two-time Hall of Famer

We the Narrators 14

Why would anyone decide to write a novel in first-person plural, a point of view that, like second-person, is often accused of being nothing but an authorial gimmick? Here are a few novels that prove first-person plural is more of a neat trick than a cheap one.

A Note from the Author 1

A Year in Reading: Madeline Miller 0

In a normal year, I usually find only one or two books that I truly love. But this year the list of those books was happily quite long.

A Brief Wondrous Interview with Junot Díaz 3

Depression fucking sucks, dude. Depression sucks. And part of you thinks, “Well if I have to deal with being fucking depressed, I’ll figure out some way to make some art out of it.”

Literary Fiction is a Genre: A List 39

Let's consider literary fiction as a straightforward genre, like romance or science fiction, with certain expected tropes and motifs.

2012′s Literary Geniuses 2

The MacArthur grant awards $500,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

The 'You' In Yunior: Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her 3

Yunior is not a bad guy, but he is growing up, and as Diaz is honest enough to admit in this collection, getting older isn’t necessarily all mellowing out and seeing the error in your youthful ways.

Who Wrote the Great New Jersey Novel? 27

They try to form a band, they do drugs, they light themselves on fire, they fall off roofs. It's all so New Jersey.

If It's Free, Take It: 2012 World Book Night 4

It was going to be just me, a box of books, and Pico Boulevard. I was kind of scared.

Migrations: A Reading List 6

Migration in its various forms is at the heart of a great many of my favorite plots in fiction. But beyond that it seems to me that migration, as an idea of motion, is inextricable from good fiction. Your characters must change—they must move, psychically at least, from point A to point B—and the plot must move forward.

Goon Squad Takes the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2

This year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction has gone to Jennifer Egan's much praised A Visit From the Goon Squad.

What We Teach When We Teach Writers: On the Quantifiable and the Uncertain 24

“I think the single most defining characteristic of a writer” – I found myself saying to a friend the other day, when she asked my thoughts on the teaching of writing – “I mean the difference between a writer and someone who ‘wants to be a writer,’ is a high tolerance for uncertainty.”

On My Shelves 7

Sometimes I wish I were that man in the Twilight Zone episode who finds himself in the ruins of a public library, with lots of food and all the time in the world to read all the books he wants.

The Brief Wondrous Influences of Junot Díaz 0

Junot Diaz on What is a Writer 0

The Millions Top Ten: September 2009 0

Four books move on to the Hall of Fame and six books debut on the list.

Best of the Millennium, Pros Versus Readers 85

Our distinguished panel selected 20 incredible books as their Best of the Millennium (So Far). What were our readers' favorites from the decade now coming to a close?

#11: The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz 6

I grabbed it, flipped open to the directed page--and found there one perfect sentence.

The Millions Top Ten: August 2009 0

Pynchon and Bolaño hit the list. Plus, two new Hall of Fame inductees.

The Post-Kindle World 4

The woman reading Bolaño switched halfway through my ride to a Kindle. I'm not making this up.

The Millions Top Ten: July 2009 - And Introducing the Hall of Fame 3

Full Disclosure 3

The Millions Top Ten: June 2009 5

The Millions Top Ten: May 2009 0

Bold Prediction: A Mercy Wins the Pulitzer 0

Millions Meta-Data 2008 1

The Immigrant Factor: Junot Díaz and Rawi Hage in conversation 0

Ask a Book Question: #68 (Building a 21st Century Contemporary Fiction Syllabus) 27

Umberto Eco vs. Junot Díaz 1