I first discovered Junot Díaz through his short stories for the New Yorker in the late 90s. I loved Drown but never really really connected with Oscar Wao.
Around 2000, I went to see him speak at the downtown library here in LA. And in my copy of Drown, he wrote: Andrew! Film. And love. Junot Díaz. See below.
And that's just what I've been doing.
He also wrote his address on a Post-It note so I could send him some films. I did, but I never heard back. Maybe someday.