He’s never read at Happy Ending, but we’ve volleyed emails back and forth for a couple years now, and he’s all right in my book. But it’s his vital, banging book, that you should read. This book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the fucking PULITZER PRIZE yesterday. Can you imagine winning a Pulitzer for your first novel? I mean, I don’t have to imagine, because I won the Pulitzer for my first novel, but not many other people have, so Junot and I are in a very small sub-section of people who have to deal with the rigors of prestige really early on. At least we have each other. Maybe the guy who won the Pulitzer for Science can create a cream for Shadenfreude so all the other winners can move freely through this time period without much chafing.