New York State of Mind

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Díaz and longtime novelist and journalist Richard Price are from quite different generations and backgrounds. These two writers, however, find common ground in one thing; New York City. The Big Apple has played a major role in both of their lives, not unlike the role it has taken as an unspoken character through most of their writing.

New York Magazine’s Sam Anderson sat down with the two crtically acclaimed NYC based writers – the dialogue between the two flowed so effortlessly, it seems the story practically wrote itself. Read a few excerpts from the piece below, followed by a link to the entire story.

“New York City is its own country—you move three blocks, and you’re in a new city. New Yorkers don’t know shit about America. They go five miles outta Manhattan, and they don’t know what’s going on.”
– Richard Price

“I always think that there are these zones where really cool, non-formulaic shit is happening. And for all the fucked-up dinge of those places, we’re our best selves there.” – Junot Díaz


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