What I’m reading – The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz


“High school was Don Bosco Tech, and since Don Bosco Tech was an urban all-boys Catholic school packed to the strakes with a couple hundred insecure hyperactive adolescents, it was, for a fat sci-fi-reading nerd like Oscar, a source of endless anguish. For Oscar, high school was the equivalent of a medieval spectacle, like being put in the stocks and forced to endure the peltings and outrages of a mob of deranged half-wits, an experience from which he supposed he should have emerged a better person, but that’s not really what happened–and if there were any lessons to be gleamed from the ordeal of those years he never quite figured out what they were. He walked into school every day like the fat lonely nerdy kid he was, and all he could think about the day of his manumission, when he would at last be set free from its unending horror. Hey, Oscar, are there faggots on Mars?–Hey Kazoo, catch this. The first time he heard the term moronic inferno he knew exactly where it was located and who were its inhabitants.”

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