Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Junot Diaz's Nymphet and Henry Miller Fan

On the uptown 4 train today, by serendipity, I stumbled upon a connection between Henry Miller's Sexus, Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a nymphet in an age-discrepant relationship. 

In Diaz's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Ana Obregon is, "... a pretty loudmouthed gordita who read Henry Miller [e.g. Sexus] while she should have been learning to wrestle logic problems." 

13-year-old Ana was introduced to Henry Miller by her 24-year-old boyfriend before he left the east coast to join the military. 

"He used to read passages to her all the time: That made me so hot," she said.