Author, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. 2012 MacArthur Fellow. Professor of Creative Writing at MIT.
Tolkien created this extraordinary, secondary world and through that he enchanted the primary world. That resonated with me. His books had power to transform what we otherwise take for granted. Reading ‘Lord of the Rings’ made me see how a novel was another world – and see I could immigrate there, too, whenever I wanted.