Following is some knowledge that Junot Diaz dropped on Tuesday, September 19th at Scripps College:
- The specific can be universal.
- You can’t produce the same art when you sincerely want to be famous or are seeking approval.
- There are conversations to be had outside of the rubric of approval.
- When a book works, it works to the degree of the individual.
- For straight, white males, the artist, somehow, is not a civic actor.
- However, the artist NEEDS to have civic engagement.
- Radical hope is a practice.
- The narrative of our victimizers encourages that we only fight when victory is certain.
- Power and hegemony actively reconstitute themselves.
- The problem with power is that it wants to isolate you.
- Our sense of who we are and what we seek to be free is dynamic.
- You have never seen young people with less accountable institutions in history.
- Your violator will always have a cover story to justify why you are in pain.
- All of us are always in hegemonic institutions based on contradictions.
- As a POC in America, you are always living a double consciousness.
- “You are here [in college] with a promethean task. You are here to steal fire,” (Diaz).