A mailing from the Boston Review today contained an essay from Junot Diaz. I started to read it and quickly realized it was the better part of a decade old. It focused on the 2011 earthquake in Haiti, near Diaz’s homeland of the Dominican Republic. It also touched on other recent disasters, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Fukushima in Japan.
The root of the word “apocalypse” is ancient Greek for “uncovering” (or “revelation”). Diaz explores what is revealed in these disasters.