Daniel Alarcon quotes

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

    #Beautiful #Book #Pages

  • As a boy, I wanted to be the Peruvian Diego Maradona. Sadly, Peru hasnt made the World Cup since 1982, so I guess I did well to choose something different.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Boys #Different #World

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Latin #People #Fiction

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Writing #School #Language

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

    #Country #Land #People

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Names #Underdog #Band

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Writing #Thinking #Discipline

  • I like radio because you can do an hour-long interview and then three days later have a finished piece.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Long #Three #Pieces

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Jesus #Color #Two

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Writing #Thinking #Paper

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Land #Support #Emigration

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

    #Latin #Writing #Thinking

  • I began visiting Lima's prisons back in 2007, when my first novel, 'Lost City Radio,' was published in Peru.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Cities #Radio #Firsts

  • The impact of any particular writer on your own work is hard to discern.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Impact #Particular

  • At the most basic level, I appreciate writers who have something to say.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Appreciate #Levels

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

    #Changed #Exaggeration #Changed My Life

  • I write in English because I was raised in the States and educated in this language.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Writing #Language #States

  • It's true that there are people who live the idea of being an artist, as opposed to the idea of making art,
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Art #Ideas #People

  • 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.
    -- Daniel Alarcon

    #Country #Latin #Thinking