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  • 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.

    "The Exchange: Daniel Alarcón" by Thessaly La Force, www.newyorker.com. May 5, 2009.
  • I want people to read good work. If I see someone reading a book by Lorrie Moore or Jennifer Egan, I'm psyched. If I see them reading X Latin American Writer Who Sucks, I'm not psyched. But in terms of news, I do think that's important.

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

    "The Exchange: Daniel Alarcón" by Thessaly La Force, www.newyorker.com. May 5, 2009.
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Names   Underdog   Band  
  • Meaning can be usually be approximated, but often by sacrificing style. When I review my translations into Spanish, that's what I'm most concerned with, reading the sentences aloud in Spanish to make sure they sound the way I want them to. To be honest, I much prefer being translated into Greek or Japanese; in those cases, you have no way of being involved, and no pressure.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • I'm a believer in the benefits of translation. It's a necessity and a privilege - it would be awful to be limited to reading authors who's work was composed in the languages I happen to have learned.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • At the most basic level, I appreciate writers who have something to say.

    "Daniel Alarcón" by Jennifer L. Knox, www.newyorker.com. June 14 & 21, 2010.
  • A lot of attention has been paid in Latin America to the new generation of nonfiction writers, authors like Julio Villanueva Chang, Diego Osorno, Cristóbal Peña, Gabriela Wiener, Leila Guerriero, Cristian Alarcón, among others. These are writers doing important, groundbreaking work. So the talent is there, as is the habit of radio listenership, and what we propose to do is unite the two. We want to have these immensely gifted journalists - men and women who've already revitalized the long-form narrative - we want them to tell their stories in sound.

    Latin   Men   Two  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • It's true that there are people who live the idea of being an artist, as opposed to the idea of making art.

    Art   Ideas   People  
  • I guess in my own life I don't really think much about manliness too much. I feel like a lot of men that I know don't sit around thinking, "How am I supposed to be a man?" I don't think that I have to prove anything.

    Men   Thinking   Too Much  
    Source: www.guernicamag.com
  • I have a love/hate relationship with the internet. It's obviously the central tool of how I work, and how I keep in touch with all the writers and then producers that I'm collaborating with. Skype saves my life, you know.

    Hate   Tools   Skype  
    Source: www.motherjones.com
  • For fiction, Im not particularly nationalistic. Im not like the Hugo Chavez of Latin American letters, you know? I want people to read good work.

    Latin   People   Fiction  
  • I think probably the thing I'm worst at is the most ephemeral stuff, like blogs. I find it really hard to write. And I'm often been asked to write columns for papers in Peru. And I can't. I would die. There's no way I could write a column.

    "'This American Life,' en Espanol". Interview with Ian Gordon, www.motherjones.com. November/December 2012.
  • Writing an op-ed feels like I'm taking the SAT. It's so hard. It feels like homework. And if it feels like homework, it just doesn't get done.

    Writing   Done   Homework  
    Source: www.motherjones.com
  • The bond between parent and child is chemical, fierce, and inexplicable, even if that parent is a sworn killer. This connection cannot be measured; it at once more subtle and more powerful than science.

  • A novel is like an animal you have to hunt down and kill. If you let it sit for two days, it's got a two-day head start. So, if I just look at it every day, I'm so much better off.

    Animal   Two   Looks  
    Source: www.motherjones.com
  • My first and last love will always be fiction. It's the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. 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.

    Morning   Fall   Night  
  • Radio is the medium that most closely approximates the experience of reading. As a novelist, I find it very exciting to be able to reach people who might not ever pick up one of my books, either because they can't afford it (as is often the case in Latin America), or because they just don't have the habit of reading novels.

    Latin   Book   Reading  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • I write in English because I was raised in the States and educated in this language.

    "The Exchange: Daniel Alarcón" by Thessaly La Force, www.newyorker.com. May 5, 2009.
  • 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.

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

  • Eduardo Halfon is a brilliant storyteller, whose gifts are displayed on every page of this beautiful, daring, and deeply humane book.

    Beautiful   Book   Pages  
  • I write 1,000 words a day first thing in the morning but I cannot write 240 characters to describe a piece that I spent six weeks working on with a producer.

    Source: www.motherjones.com
  • I like radio because you can do an hour-long interview and then three days later have a finished piece.

    Long   Three   Pieces  
    "'This American Life,' en Español". Interview with Ian Gordon, www.motherjones.com. November/December 2012.
  • 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. Im thinking of Jose Maria Arguedas, whom I read when I was living in Lima, and who really impacted the way I viewed my country.

  • Radio, or at least the kind of radio we're proposing to do, can cut through that. It can reach people who would otherwise never hear your work, and of course I find that very notion inspiring. Radio stories are powerful because the human voice is powerful. It has been and will continue to be the most basic element of storytelling. As a novelist (and I should note that working my novel is the first thing I do in the morning and the very last thing I do before I sleep), shifting into this new medium is entirely logical. It's still narrative, only with different tools.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • What I'm most interested in is not necessarily the wound, but the scar. Not how someone is wounded, but what the scar does later.

    Doe   Scar   Wounded  
    Source: www.guernicamag.com
  • I began visiting Lima's prisons back in 2007, when my first novel, 'Lost City Radio,' was published in Peru.

    Cities   Radio   Firsts  
    "This Week in Fiction: Daniel Alarcón" by Deborah Treisman, www.newyorker.com. July 21, 2013.
  • The impact of any particular writer on your own work is hard to discern.

    "The Exchange: Daniel Alarcón". Interview with Thessaly La Force, www.newyorker.com. May 5, 2009.
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