Daniel Alarcon Quotes

I do feel fortunate to have some knowledge of the great Latin American writers, including some that are probably not that well known in English. I'm thinking of Jose Maria Arguedas, whom I read when I was living in Lima, and who really impacted the way I viewed my country.

American Quotes, Great Quotes, Knowledge Quotes, Thinking Quotes, Writers Quotes

At the most basic level, I appreciate writers who have something to say.

Writers Quotes

I'm a sucker for any band named after a work of literature. Los de Abajo take their name from Mariano Azuela's famous novel 'The Underdogs,' and that says a lot about who they are and the music they make.

Work Quotes, Literature Quotes, Music Quotes

 

When I was younger, I was able to write with music playing in the background, but these days, I can't. I find it distracting. Even when the music is just instrumental or has lyrics in a language I don't understand, the clash between the voices in my head and the song can be very disorienting.

Language Quotes, Music Quotes

I love the novel because it's like a love affair. You can just fall into it and keep going, and you never know where it's going to take you.

Love Quotes

I love to walk through the streets of Jesus Maria and Pueblo Libre. The Spanish colonial buildings are in bright colors, two stories high, with these intricate wooden, windowed balconies.

Love Quotes

Peru is a country where more than half the people would emigrate if given the chance. That's half the population that is willing to abandon everything they know for the uncertainty of a life in a foreign land, in another language.

Life Quotes, Language Quotes

Publication in 'The New Yorker' meant everything, and it's no exaggeration to say that it changed my life.

Life Quotes, Change Quotes

How emigration is actually lived - well, this depends on many factors: education, economic station, language, where one lands, and what support network is in place at the site of arrival.

Education Quotes, Work Quotes, Language Quotes

I write in English because I was raised in the States and educated in this language.

Language Quotes

When I started writing seriously in high school, English was the language I had at my disposal - my Spanish was domestic, colloquial, and not particularly literary or sophisticated.

Language Quotes

I have to really think hard about how to structure sentences, and do more mapping when I sit down to write, so it does impose a certain discipline, intellectual and linguistic.

Discipline Quotes

For fiction, I'm not particularly nationalistic. I'm not like the Hugo Chavez of Latin American letters, you know? I want people to read good work.

American Quotes, Work Quotes

The impact of any particular writer on your own work is hard to discern.

Work Quotes

I think I'm an American writer writing about Latin America, and I'm a Latin American writer who happens to write in English.

American Quotes