Writing is a struggle against silence.
I need, therefore I imagine.
You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.
One wants to tell a story, like Scheherezade, in order not to die. It's one of the oldest urges in mankind. It's a way of stalling death.
The United States has written the white history of the United States. It now needs to write the black, Latino, Indian, Asian and Caribbean history of the United States.
You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you dont necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity... We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.
Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because shes had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.
In literature, you know only what you imagine
To read and write is a paradise.
Reading, writing, teaching, learning, are all activities aimed at introducing civilizations to each other.
Death is the great Maecenas, Death is the great angel of writing. You must write because you are not going to live any more.
One puts off the biography like you put off death. To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone.
I always felt a little worm inside me: 'Now you need to write a novel with a woman protagonist.
I must write the book out in my head now, before I sit down.
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