Diaz talks about newly released This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her
2012 National Book Award Finalist, Fiction
“Díaz’s standout fiction remains pinpoint, sinuous, gutsy, and imaginative…Each taut tale of unrequited and betrayed love and family crises is electric with passionate observations and off-the-charts emotional and social intelligence…Fast-paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive, Díaz’s gripping stories unveil lives shadowed by prejudice and poverty and bereft of reliable love and trust. These are precarious, unappreciated, precious lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason, and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone.”
--Booklist (starred review)
“Díaz’s third book is as stunning as its predecessors. These stories are hard and sad, but in Díaz’s hands they also crackle.”
--Library Journal (starred)
“Magnificent…an exuberant rendering of the driving rhythms and juicy Spanglish vocabulary of immigrant speech…sharply observed and morally challenging.”
“Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulizer Prize … Díaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.”
“Ribald, streetwise, and stunningly moving-a testament, like most of his work,
to the yearning, clumsy ways young men come of age.”
“Searing, sometimes hilarious, and always disarming … Readers will remember why everyone wants to write like Díaz, bring him home, or both. Raw and honest, these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
*NEW EVENT DATE: DEC. 10, 2013*
Named by The New Yorker magazine as one of the top 20 writers of the 20th century, author and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, has been hailed as one of the most celebrated contemporary voices of our time.
On Dec. 10, local literary leader The Cabin welcomes Díaz to the Morrison Center as part of the annual Readings & Conversations series.
If you have already purchased your ticket, it will be valid on December 10th. No further action is needed on your part. f you are unable to be there on December 10th, please call The Cabin at 331-8000.
Ruth Reichl Dishes on America's Culinary Landscape Celebrated food writer presents lecture at Boise State University
by Tara Morgan @tarabreemorgan
Ruth Reichl's bio is rich with experience. After raising her fork in the 1970s sustainable food revolution in Berkeley, Calif., she ate her way to the top as restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times. In 1993, she hopped coasts to become the wig-wearing food critic for The New York Times, which she left for a 10-year stint as editor-in-chief of Gourmet. Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, Garlic and Sapphires and Not Becoming My Mother. Her first work of fiction, Delicious!, will be released in May 2014. She speaks at the Morrison Center Wednesday, Oct. 16, as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series.
You were a restaurant critic for The New York Times in the mid-'90s. How would you characterize the food landscape then versus now?
It's totally different. First of all, when I was there, it was a pre-cellphone time so nobody was taking pictures of their food or pictures of the restaurant critic. It was pretty much a pre-food-blog time, so at that point, critics were much more powerful than they are today. ... At that point, New York was still looking to Europe and taking all its cues from French restaurants. ... There wasn't a decent Mexican restaurant in all of New York, certainly not all the taco places there are now. There were no food carts. One of the huge differences is today, the people who go out to restaurants, it's a completely different clientele.
Do you feel like good food has become more accessible since then?
It's not only become more accessible, but there's a whole new generation of New Yorkers between the ages of 22 and 35 who probably spend 10 times the amount of money going out to restaurants as they did in the early '90s.
What do you think ushered in that change?
I think food has become part of popular culture in a way that it just wasn't back then. Then, when people went out, they talked about theater, they talked about books they'd read, they talked about movies, they talked about music. Today, people talk about all those things but they also talk about food. "Have you been here?" "Have you tasted that?" People who consider themselves well-rounded want to have eaten at all the new places. So it's a younger and much more knowledgeable clientele than it was in the '90s.
Amazing photography of Ruth Reichl Dinner and Reading provided by the one and only Guy Hand! Thank you so much to everyone who made this night so special.