The Pulitzers were announced today. Junot Diaz picked up the Fiction award for The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Mao, one of my favorite books of last year. Newsweek has a nice interview with the author in which he discusses the burden of expectation and at the end says some accurate things about the current political climate:
With that caveat aside, we’re in the fifth year of the most expensive war in human history. We’re devouring an entire generation of our young people, both directly in the war or with the long-term consequences, and yet the country wants to get obsessed with immigration. Like this is the exact right time to have this conversation? I wonder if we’re not trying to distract ourselves. You know, I love that image from “Moby Dick,” because we’re like the ship. We’re the Pequod. We’re this nation on this ship, and we’re on this insane quest being directed by a madman. But what’s really interesting is that Captain Ahab wasn’t taking his foreign workers and making them walk the plank. He understood the value of diversity through his dream. We’re even crazier than Ahab. We’re chasing this white whale called terrorism, but our captain is saying, “You know what, I don’t think some of us really belong here. They should walk the plank.” I never thought there would be a day where the United States would be crazier than its metaphor, the Pequod. But we’re there. We’re there. Ahab is now a moderate.