- Junot Diaz
We spoke with Junot Diaz, a
Emily Taylor: How has writing developed your relationship with the English language? What about your experience as an immigrant?
Junot Diaz: Writing allows me to explore my troubled relationship with both English and Spanish. I was never any good at languages and learned English with great difficulty and then lost Spanish and relearned, again with difficulty. There’s something about language and loss that for me is deeply personal and which my writing seems to return to.
Emily: Where do you see your writing going under our current political climate? How is it influencing you and the things you publish?
Junot: Shit if I know. I’m still trying to deal with what happened to me when I was a teenager. There’s something of a thirty year lag between what I experience and what I write. The fact of the matter is my writing doesn’t blow in like
Emily: How do you use fiction in the hopes of shaping the future? What about history?
Junot: Fortunately for all of us, the future alone decides what it needs and we have no vote in that. My fiction hopes to speak to the future but so does nearly all writing. Whether the future wishes to speak to us is another matter altogether. History is