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December 03, 2008


Interesting you should write about Diaz today. I am at work and a copy of Hispanic magazine was on my desk and as always, if it has printed words, I read it. There is a story about Junot Diaz and then I come here and you're discussing his book. I will read it because in my work, I speak with Hispanics every day and I like learning about their lives and experiences.

Thank you for this post.

So much to comment on here...First, just slightly off topic, I am reminded that each morning my 88 year old mother in law reads the paper to get the news I read yesterday on line. Guess that makes me a child of the "I-want-it-now" generation. Instant gratification?? Then, regarding literature...I used to say, as a know it all college girl, that a certain book said thus or such. Until I was reminded that just because someone wrote a book on it doesn't make it right or the law. I believe Hitler wrote a book, and he was the face of evil. Good literature is much like good the eye of the beholder or the reader. Some people read to escape into a fantasy, some to learn facts on new subjects, and some to self improve. I love my books...I read and re-read them noting the yellow highlighting from previous times of reading it. What was pertinent or important to me at that period of my journey. I love self help books and self improvement books and inspirational books. Lying on my nightstand are two called "Why do Catholics do that?" and one "Tibetan Buddhism"...I was born a Baptist, grew up a Presbyterian, married and attended the Methodist church and now consider myself a member of the church of the universe...believing alot of varied things. Things to be valued in many religions. But like religion, what one reads and enjoys is subjective, personal, and identifying, isn't it?

I think a lot of popular books get thrown into the mix when folks are considering literary awards becaused we know that these books have been read and enjoyed. But are they good? Can we stomach them as literarycritics or are they better suited for hammock reading on a lazy day? Maybe teh differentiation only matters to acedemics, book snobs, and the industry-based folk that bestow awards. I currently love that the lines are becoming blurred because that means that more people are reading popular fiction and some of those readers are venturing just a bit farther into literature. As a result literature is more accessible now than it has ever been. And frankly, with so little time on our hands, who wants to feel like they are doing homework when they crack the spine of a book? We read for the stories.

Kathleen Molloy, author - Dining with Death

So I gather you liked the book? It's on my shelf, waiting to be read.

I gave Three Cups of Tea to friends from Pakistan. They really appreciated it, and said they learned a lot about their own country from it. They don't get that kind of literature there.

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