There is so much I like about Junot Diaz, and Junot Diaz in this talk, and sure it’s a persona, sure he’s  “on”, but while I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao it left me a little punch-drunk, rolling as it does, the way he does, from one catalyst thought to the next. His humour is so soft, so real, feeling the down- and up-side in every moment.

And who can’t get excited about a reader who says a book is “bananas”?**

*Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani 

** I was going to give you the time-code to jump in on the “bananas” quote, but I want you to watch and find it.