Earlier this year, Junot Díaz re-scheduled a Los Angeles meet-and-greet in favor of lunch with an admirer. His fan? Barack Obama. Lunch? At the White House, during the final week of Obama’s presidency. The reasons behind his invite echo, perhaps, those for which Díaz has also received awards that include the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “Genius Grant”). His novels, in the words of Obama, speak “to a very particular contemporary immigration experience, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 24 Word: Desenrascanço Forget hygge: Uncertain times call for problem-solving the Portuguese way. Arts & Culture Design Issue 24 Isabel & Ruben Toledo To enter the loft of Isabel and Ruben Toledo is to ascend into a Borgesian sense of infinitude. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Nahanaeli Schelling From finding beauty in the dryness of data, a business is born. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Total Recall Memory is selective, so why is minutiae so important? Arts & Culture Issue 24 Relationships in Letters Letter writing, the endangered species of correspondence, is responsible for nurturing some of history’s most celebrated relationships. Arts & Culture Issue 24 James Baldwin Timely and therefore timeless: Revisiting the words of James Baldwin.