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I think there’s something really painful about your identity being entirely composed of ghosts. For me, I didn’t want to be this kid whose Dominicanness was something caught utterly in the past, is an abstraction, the thing that I write about. Instead I wanted it to be, first and foremost, a thing that I lived.
For me it’s a remarkable thing that there is a prize celebrating and honouring and making for a brief moment short fiction the centre of the literary universe.
New Jersey for me is so alive with history. It’s old, dynamic, African-American, Latino.
I’m a product of a fragmented world.
I discovered early that as an artist there was absolutely nothing wrong with being surrounded by people who were not dedicated to your field.
People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end – whether we’ve had direct experience or not – there’s part of you that knows there’s absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.
I always had a sense that I would fall in love with Tokyo. In retrospect I guess it’s not that surprising. I was of the generation that had grown up in the ’80s when Japan was ascendant (born aloft by a bubble whose burst crippled its economy for decades), and I’d fed on a steady diet of anime and samurai films.
You never forget the discovery years. First kisses. The first time you try certain foods.
My greatest responsibility is to acknowledge the mistakes and the shortcomings of the country in which I live, to acknowledge my privileges, and to try to make it a better place.
I look most like myself… when I’m wearing my black, nerdy engineering glasses.
It’s extraordinary how many people read a book that’s new and weird and befriend it.
Spin is ‘something is beautiful because we say it’s beautiful.’
I don’t think you can be from the Caribbean and not know a certain amount about the apocalypse.
A young person, or someone who’s writing in a different way – in some ways you could say, eventually someone will find them. Eventually someone will hear them. But it’s good a lot of young people persevere. Because sometimes you have to send something out a thousand times before anyone recognizes your value.
When I enter that higher-order space that’s required to write, I’m a better human. For whatever my writing is, wherever it’s ranked, it definitely is the one place that I get to be beautiful.
I always individuate myself from other writers who say they would die if they couldn’t write. For me, I’d die if I couldn’t read.
In minority communities there’s a sensitivity, often a knee-jerk reaction, to critical representations. There’s a misunderstanding of what an artist does.
I guess I’m just hopelessly fascinated by the realities that you can assemble out of connected fragments.
My father was a Little League dictator. That really affected me, his control-freakery, his impunity, his arbitrary unreasonable power.
I mean in the community that I grew up in, you know, a very, you know, mixed, almost entirely African Diaspora community, one of the things that we were not ever supposed to say was how much self-hatred and colorism determined and guided what we would call our desire. In other words, what we would consider beautiful.
It took me sixteen years to write.
I can always tell if someone’s from Harvard because they trot out their vitae. I would die at Harvard.
I read a book a week, man. And I don’t have a great memory, but I have a good memory about what I read.
‘A Princess of Mars‘ may not have exerted the same colossal pull that Tarzan had on the global imagination, but its influence on generations of readers cannot be underestimated.
Being an author is always like being a well-run dictatorship – it’s all one person speaking.
You know, I was a kid who had difficulty speaking English when I first immigrated. But in my head, when I read a book, I spoke English perfectly. No one could correct my Spanish. And I think that I retreated to books as a way, you know, to be, like, masterful in a language that was really difficult for me for many years.
Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That’s just the truth of it.