Junot Díaz on Love: Antojo of the (Almost Valentine’s) Day

This upcoming V-Day, as we sip our heart-shaped cappuccino foam and eagerly unfold the accompanying fortune that not-so-coincidentally reads “Dashuri” (“Love”), let’s also remember our daily dose of JD:

At 14:10–

“So I’m really interested in sort of the long-term consequences of rape. You know? I’m interested in sort of what it means to live in the shadow of a dictatorship. Yeah, I’m interested in stuff like how race and racism and self-hatred organize a sexual economy. I mean, we like to think that like we just fall in love, but people fall in love at pretty predictable terms along the racial economy. And so I’m interested in all this stuff but people don’t ever want to talk about this shit.”

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