Second person, I’ve always noticed, has the distinction of being both intimate and repellent at the same time. A quick way of drawing the reader close but also hard to sustain for any length of time. Only so much a person likes being addressed as “you” by a complete stranger. I knew I’d lose people with the approach, but I was going to lose people anyway. That’s the nature of fiction: despite all our lofty claims of universality, no piece of art is for everyone
Junot Diaz should practically be required reading for short story month.
His advice to young writers? “Don’t write a thing until you’re 29. Spend from now until 29 fully engaged with the world.Barhopping with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz - Grantland