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
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
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.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
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.
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?
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.
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
Writers are not meant for action.
Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
All of my problems are rather complicated - I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy.
I only understand realism.
What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.
I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature. If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.
I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you.
It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
I believe in characters as vehicles of exposition. Their voices are full of hidden clues, and I like to listen to them.
In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.
Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.
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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