The National Book Critics Circle held its 2007 award ceremony last night and announced the winners in various categories. The best fiction title of 2007, according to NBCC members (which include old guard, library-and-paper people as well as edgy, hip youngsters)? Yep, it is The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz! And hells yeah it should be! Over at CRITICAL MASS, you can find the liveblog of the award ceremony, which quotes Diaz’ editor (who accepted the award on Junot’s behalf) saying that we might be able to hear “the brief and vestigial thud of Junot’s mind being blown.”
I am still thinking about Oscar Wao…I saw a nerdy kid reading a book by Arthur C. Clarke on the subway yesterday and thought of Oscar. His final moments are brilliant and triumphant, a fitting blaze of glory that enlivens us all.