WATCH: Junot Díaz on Myths and Libraries

12/26/2012 01:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017
In this Sept. 20, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Junot Diaz, 43, a f
In this Sept. 20, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Junot Diaz, 43, a fiction writer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is seen in Cambridge, Mass. Diaz, a recipient of one of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants," was named a finalist, Wednesday, Oct. 10, for a National Book Award for his book, This is How You Lose Her," a series of stories about love. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Tsar Fedorsky)

Junot Díaz, National Book Award finalist for This Is How You Lose Her and Pulitzer Prize-winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, joins me on the last Moyers & Company of 2012 to discuss the evolution of the great American story and how straddling two different cultures affects his perspective. As we end the year, it's a strong peek into our cultural and literary future.

I'm happy to unwrap and share two early clips below:

First, Díaz cautions us about relying on "myths."

Here, Díaz describes how his first visit to a library astonished and inspired him.

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