For an author held in high regard by virtually every serious literary establishment on the planet, talking with Junot Díaz is amazingly fun. Over the course of an interview to promote his appearance at Duke’s Richard White Lecture Hall Wednesday, Feb. 18, our conversation touched on everything from Mel Gibson’s plans to do a film of the British TV series Edge of Darkness (“Like Nimrod, the hunter of men, Gibson hunts and kills all my childhood memories”) to the zombie video game Left 4 Dead (“Men are from zombies, women are from vampires”) to the comic books and science fiction references that populate his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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