Evan Karp interviewed me and recorded me reading some poems. I had just been drenched in a downpour and was wearing a pricey dress I misguidedly bought after an interview for a shmaltzy art gallery job I ended up not getting. This is all to say: here is an interview with a vaguely destitute and incompetent person pretending to be an adult of some kind.
Hi, I wanted to point out that the Junot Diaz quote isn't actually by Junot Diaz. The source is tumblr user deepbones, whose blog is dedicated largely to making fake quotes. While it is a good quote, attributing it to Junot Diaz is wrong, and it's lending legitimacy to a (potentially white person's) viewpoint.
Well I find this interesting. The post referenced is the npr.org article that’s partially quoted and reblogged here.
The quote is the infamous one that makes the rounds on tumblr: “motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over.”
I did some really brief Google-digging and the closest I’ve come up with regarding Junot Díaz having the sentiment (but not those exact words) is from a talk he did at RISD in 2012, it seems? Here: Díaz doesn’t believe that readers give up on books based on not understanding some of the vocabulary. “I mean, people read books that are one-third Elvish,” Díaz quips, citing Lord of the Rings. In his case, it’s Spanglish dashed with nerdspeak.
Anyone have a source for the other quote? If not, then I would view this as a really good case of fact-checking and dissemination of information in the internet.
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