I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
Your reality, isn’t restricted by this cell we live in. If you read something, if you study something, you transcend any cell you’re inside of
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
Writers are not meant for action.
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.
One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.
I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.
In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.
I don't want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.
The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.
I started writing movie scripts. They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when they were finished because they were simple copies of the films I saw in childhood.
I don't think humor is forced upon my universe; it's a part of it.
My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.
I do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor.
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