Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tonight Junot Diaz Talks to Tucson (Hoping Diaz is a Cuandero)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM

One last reminder, Tucson, author Junot Diaz will be at the Tucson Fox Theatre tonight, and I was pleasantly reminded that the evening, while a suggested $15 admission/donation ($25 for special VIP reserved seating), is pay-what-you-can. Hey, not only is this an interesting week at Weekly World Central, but it is technically the week before payday and this reminder is good news.

So ultimately, you have no choice if you know what's good for you, and believe me Diaz is good for you.

I love this interview he did with Bill Moyers. Perhaps, tonight, we'll be treated with such gems and wise perspectives, with Diaz leaving us in better shape then he found us—dear lord I hope so. And big thanks to the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry for making it happen (I really, really love those guys, too).

"There is an enormous gap between the way the country presents itself and imagines itself and projects itself and the reality of this country,” Díaz tells Bill. “Whether we’re talking about the Latino community in North Carolina. Whether we’re talking about a very active and I think in some ways very out queer community across the United States. Or whether we’re talking about an enormous body of young voters who are either ignored or sort of pandered to or in some ways, I think that what we’re having is a new country emerging that’s been in the making for a long time.”

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