“The kind of love that I was interested in, that my characters long for intuitively, is the only kind of love that could liberate them from that horrible legacy of colonial violence. I am speaking about decolonial love.” - Junot Díaz in an excellent new interview at The Boston Review
Oh my god, Junot Junot Junot. He goes on to say—relating to his forthcoming book of short stories (which I was lucky to review for the July issue of LJ)—of Yunior, the primary narrator of Oscar Wao and focal point for both Drown and This Is How You Lose Her:
his failure to disavow his privileged position in that rape culture, to disavow the masculine discourse and behaviors that support and extend that culture, end up costing him the love of his life, his one best chance at decolonial love and, through that love, a decolonial self.
This is it. He has it.