Monday, October 1, 2012

Junot Diaz Likes Character Flaws

Jack Rightmyer of the Schenectady Daily Gazette interviewed Junot Diaz on Sunday. The Pulitzer-winning fiction writer visits the Institute this coming Thursday.

“Characters who have all the answers and know exactly how to live and how to always do the right thing give off very little heat in a story,” he said in a recent phone interview.

“Most of us love ambivalence,” he said, “and my character Yunior is one of those dicey cats that will at times turn off and offend readers. He often makes the wrong choice, especially in relationships, but I still thought writing about him would be worth the risk because he’s an honest cat and there’s something refreshing about that.”  More.