The life and work of Junot Díaz contains many worlds. His books, including National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Herand Pulitzer Prize-winner The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, journey between the old and the new, and between the America that was and the America we’re becoming. Born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in New Jersey and American to the core, Junot Díaz is a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man of the here-and-now.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
A musical hybrid like Juan Cirerol could only originate from a place as fascinating and flawed as the Imperial Valley/Mexicali borderland. This melting pot in the desert, this dusty musical swap meet and bewitching collage of styles and subcultures is where Cirerol spent his beer-drenched 120 degree days in search of his signature sound. Cirerol's music is a violent clash of regional Mexican music and punk attitude, a 12-string microcosm of all that embodies the rage and love of border living. It's as if he went to the desert at midnight and traded his soul for a 12-string in order to serenade misfit, wandering souls through its crossroads.