Happy dance for Junot

Junot Diaz’s book, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction today! I just sent him a congratulatory email and did a happy dance for him.

If you haven’t read the book, read it. It’s a remarkable work of art by one of my favorite writers and people.

Here’s a recent post-Pulitzer interview where he wonders how the universe will now balance out.

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7 responses to “Happy dance for Junot

  1. Holy cow that is great!!

    I really have to read it now.

  2. Richard

    Your old English professor at Berkeley, Robert Hass, also won a Pulitzer, his being for poetry.

    http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2008/04/07_pulitzer.shtml

  3. Susan: Yes you do have to read it!

    Violeta: It feels so great! Junot took over 10 years to write Oscar Wao–Wow, for sure. πŸ™‚

    Richard: Yup. I used to go to lunch with Professor Hass and chide him for not including Korean poets in his reading list (man, the chutzpah of a naive 19 year old girl is unrivaled). I think he’s great. I love his poetry collection, “Praise”–he deserves this year’s Pulitzer.

  4. I love that book! So, so deserved! I was thrilled when I heard this news.

  5. anonwupfan

    I guess this means I should stop being sick of hearing about how great Junot is and read his book!

    One of my former teachers (Pulitzer-less, sadly) told me that JD did a tremendous favor for her once–even though she doesn’t really know him that well. As wonderful as good writing is, it is also exciting to think that such a nice guy has made something important and been recognized for it.

    JP: You dog, you used to lunch with your professor?! Chutzpah indeed πŸ˜‰

  6. nova: do the happy dance with me. πŸ™‚

    anonwupfan: Junot is a generous soul–he once said that if you mentor others and give to others, you will be blessed.

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