Junot Diaz: Respect the Comic Books, Please

Junot Diaz, the Dominican-American writer who has been published in The New Yorker, edits The Boston Review, and grew up in Jersey, gave an interesting interview to Newsarama about his book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the stigma of comic-book writing.

Newsarama via Mediabistro:

“But comic book writers are like holding passports from North Korea, and when they try to enter the pearly gates of the high literary nation, they’re always stopped and blocked and stripped and denied access… Michael Chabon writes a book about comic books and everyone’s on his jock, but Michael Chabon is never going to be competing with the poor guy who’s writing Sinestro Corps for an award of high literary merit. And I’m like, ‘Why not?'”