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Junot Díaz Hates Writing Short Stories

Good lord, Junot Díaz even writes genius sentences while talking off the top of his head:

What are the mistakes you make? First of all, nonsense characterization. The dullest, wet-noodle characteristics and behaviors and thoughts and interests are ascribed to the characters. These 80-year-old, left-in-the-sun newspaper-brittle conflicts — where the conflicts are so ridiculously subatomic that you have to summon all the key members of CERN to detect where the conflict in this piece is. It just goes on, man.