Junot Diaz on Overcoming Fear

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Eventually the bruises and the rage faded, but not the fear. The fear remained. An awful withering dread that coiled around my bowels — that followed me into my dreams.

Author Junot Diaz writes about the first time he got beat up, how it created a debilitating fear that stayed with him for years, and how he moved past it.


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