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    11 Beautiful Junot Díaz Quotes To Live By

    The author spoke at St. Francis College in Brooklyn on April 16 and had some incredible pieces of advice.

    1. "Literature is less involved in giving you answers and more dedicated to giving you insight."

    Ken Brown

    2. "If you can't see women — half the species — as human, you can't see yourself as human."

    Ken Brown

    3. "I never hear white writers get asked, 'Do you worry about how you represent white people?'"

    Ken Brown

    4. "The question isn't ‘Do we have the writers?’ — it's 'Who's deciding who gets rewarded, who gets the power?'"

    Ken Brown

    5. "The fact that I won the literary lottery or some other writer of color has won the literary lottery, it's not that we're ungrateful ... it's not about the individuals — we have to look at the health of our communities."

    Ken Brown

    6. "Every time someone gives you a formula for what you should be and what you should do, you should know they're giving you a pair of handcuffs."

    Ken Brown

    7. "People don't make sense unless you know their world. Don't you know your friends better when you actually hang out at their houses?"

    Ken Brown

    8. "I'm writing a book. It's not a religion. It's not for everyone."

    Ken Brown

    9. "I think one always has to be mindful that the thing we think will bring revolution can also bring oppression. I think [things like the internet] are tools; they're not all good and they're not all bad."

    Ken Brown

    10. "Who a reader decides to identify with and who a reader decides to feel solidarity with is not something that the writer has a hand in."

    Ken Brown

    11. "The broader you are, the less likely you are to be universal."

    Ken Brown

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