Monday, July 30, 2007
Of Readings and Diaz
I wrote this article for the upcoming Cornell English Department newsletter about our reading series, which might be of interest to people thinking about applying to our program. It's a little bit long for this blog's posting guidelines so the link leads to my personal blog. Anyway....
When Junot Diaz invited me to salsa with him at a noisy bar, I had this sudden image in my head of my MFA professors at the faculty club, surrounded by white cloth and wood panelling. They were persuading a white-haired widow to fund a new reading series so that students like me can have close contact with notable writers outside Cornell. This was probably not the kind of contact they had in mind, but I wasn’t about to stop myself. (more)