Quotes by: Daniel Alarcon

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Daniel Alarcón
Daniel Alarcón, June 6, 2010
Born 1977
Lima, Peru
Occupation Writer, Journalist
Nationality Peru, United States
Website
danielalarcon.com

Writing a novel is not at all like riding a bike. Writing a novel is like having to redesign a bike, based on laws of physics that you don't understand, in a new universe. So having written one novel does nothing for you when you have to write the second one.
Daniel Alarcon
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
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.
Daniel Alarcon
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
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. I'm 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
I write in English because I was raised in the States and educated in this language.
Daniel Alarcon
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
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
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
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
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
Peru is a country where more than half the people would emigrate if given the chance. That's 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
For fiction, I'm not particularly nationalistic. I'm not like the Hugo Chavez of Latin American letters, you know? I want people to read good work.
Daniel Alarcon
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
I began visiting Lima's prisons back in 2007, when my first novel, 'Lost City Radio,' was published in Peru.
Daniel Alarcon
I like radio because you can do an hour-long interview and then three days later have a finished piece.
Daniel Alarcon
As a boy, I wanted to be the Peruvian Diego Maradona. Sadly, Peru hasn't made the World Cup since 1982, so I guess I did well to choose something different.
Daniel Alarcon
Publication in 'The New Yorker' meant everything, and it's no exaggeration to say that it changed my life.
Daniel Alarcon
When I was younger, I was able to write with music playing in the background, but these days, I can't. I find it distracting. Even when the music is just instrumental or has lyrics in a language I don't understand, the clash between the voices in my head and the song can be very disorienting.
Daniel Alarcon
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