Diaz may find that “very strange,” but this story does not deal with that social issue in any way.

I don’t think a story has to deal with an “issue” at all, but I think it is pretentious for Diaz to suggest that his story does contribute to a “conversation” about this one.

Well, I read it again last night before I went to bed—a fifth reading—and this morning I am reading it slowly, taking notes, the way I would if I were teaching the story—a sixth reading. No reviewer singled out “Miss Lora” for special consideration, but everybody praised Diaz’s combination of street talk and big words.

"Fucking amazing, you keep saying for all four seconds it takes you to come.

You have to pull my hair while you do it, she confides.

(At this point, you may be nodding your head sagely or wryly in agreement)."If the test of an outstanding short story is that it deepens with every reading, then Junot Diaz's 'Miss Lora' passes that test with flying colours.

It is a rich, precise and challenging story whose emotional pull becomes more and more apparent with each revisit.” I had already read the story three times—once when it appeared in The New Yorker and twice when it appeared in This is How You Lose Her. But Holgate's suggestion that the story deepened with every reading, which made it an outstanding story, challenged me, so I read it a fourth time. I have been reading and studying and writing about short stories for forty years; I have read thousands of stories multiple times.

That makes me shoot like a rocket.” Didn’t I see that in a porno movie once?

Even though Diaz says he is trying to deal with the apocalyptic fears of the 1980s in the story, what he really talks about here are the movies he saw—The Late Great Planet Earth, The Day After, Threads, Red Dawn, War Games, Gamma World.

I find that quite disturbing, and wanted to question the logic of that," he said.

"If a boy has sex with his teacher, people under their breath are kind of high-fiving the kid.

” I cannot see that Diaz is exploring an “issue” in this story.

Granted, our culture is more willing to “forgive,” “understand,” even approve of, sex between a young boy and an adult woman than sex between an adult man and an underage girl.

So many of my students and younger nephews have no idea how fearsomely apocalyptic that period was, how the shadow of nuclear annihilation was over all of us.