Junot Díaz tells Students most people “don’t give a shit about reading”

Junot Díaz, in responding to a student who asked whether a writer should make sure readers get the contexts writers present in fiction, said, “When it comes down to it, I think that most people forget that on average, readers are very generous.  Which is to say, 99 percent of the planet doesn’t give a shit about reading. Most people don’t want to read, they don’t care about reading, but people who are readers are incredibly generous. They will stick through a book for a very long time.” Read more 

Derek Walcott: ‘The Oxford poetry job would have been too much work’

As his reworking of Robinson Crusoe goes on stage, Derek Walcott talks about Caribbean culture, his spat with VS Naipaul – and why he didn’t want the poetry job anyway. Read more in the Guardian

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