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Other Historical Happened

I don't write historical novels but novels that wonder, 'And what if it happened in this way and not in this other one?'

- Alvaro Enrigue

Read Fiction Learned

I read everything from comics to magazines to fiction - I learned to read in English, years before being able to speak a word of it, by reading 'National Geographic.'

- Alvaro Enrigue

House Heart Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Like Some Archives

History is like Santa Claus: a language construction. We have some registers about the existence of Santa and history - the presents under the tree, the archives - but none have really seen them.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Fiction Believe

I don't believe in inspiration at all. We live in a world that demands explanation. And fiction has the capability to offer explanations for things.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Life Still Pirates

My definition of freedom is still ruled by the reluctance to live a conventional life, from Emilio Salgari's pirates.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Like Young Looked

Caravaggio was a tormented, defiant, bisexual, angry young man - a maestro who looked nothing like a maestro.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Work Country Thirst

I work with history because I come from a country that has a tremendous thirst for reality.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Think Book Wondrous

I don't think that books are wondrous, magical things that come from nowhere. It's important that a book has clues about where and how it was written.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Stories Soccer Forward

I was not able to be the front forward of a soccer team - that is a way to make people super happy every Sunday. What I can do is tell stories and try to put my coin in that discussion.

- Alvaro Enrigue

City Became 19th Century

If you read the poets of the 19th century in Latin America, you would see that Havana or Mexico City or Buenos Aires are incredibly modern and global cities that they were not. And eventually they became real, and they became real because people read these books and tried to live in a better world.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Game Side Brutal

There is this brutal side to tennis. It was invented as a game for kings and cardinals and people with a lot of power who didn't have to share the field with other players.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Very Offers New

New York offers a bubble out of the literary life that is very useful. We have more time for the children, for the cooking.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Rock And Roll Rock Roll

Great rock n' roll comes from suburbia.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Think Conservative Mexico

In Mexico, I think I'm considered conservative. Not politically - in terms of form and experimentation.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Always Love I Remember

I'm always reading a novel. If it's good, I remember why I love my job.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Books Brilliant Defy

Vivian Abenshushan and Veronica Gerber write brilliant books that defy generic conventions.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Book Hands Kind

Writing is so fun precisely because if you take out the right adjective, the readers can decide what kind of book is in their hands. Suspension of disbelief should not be mandatory in contemporary writing.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Think Original Using

Walter Benjamin used to think that languages expand their register thanks to translation, because translation forces ways of using words and structures that were alien to the original speaker of the target language.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Against Castro Subversive

Fidel Castro's most scandalous show trial was not mounted against a political figure but against a writer: Heberto Padilla. In 1971, after 38 days of detention, Mr. Padilla was forced to 'confess' at the Cuban writers' union to the charges of 'subversive activities.'

- Alvaro Enrigue

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City Big Large

Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.

- A. J. Liebling

Newspaper City Glass

A city with one newspaper, or with a morning and an evening paper under one ownership, is like a man with one eye, and often the eye is glass.

- A. J. Liebling

I Think City Francisco

I think Hitchcock had a thing about hills: think of the house on the hill in 'Psycho.' Then, in 'Vertigo,' Scottie is forever traversing the city, going downhill all the time as he goes deeper and deeper into himself. It's as if Hitchcock is using San Francisco as a psychological map.

- Allen Coulter

Education City United

A person like myself, born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, to lower-middle-class parents. But I had the opportunity to get an education, to go and earn a commission in the United States Army, to serve for 22 years, to lead men and women in combat.

- Allen West

Through Best Brought

I was brought up to believe that there is no such thing as failure as long as I'm trying my best. So I've had a 'blood, guts and glory' approach through my whole life.

- Ali Larter

Been Brought Films

I don't know how to measure success. I have been fortunate that I got exciting films to do and work with talented directors who brought out the best in me.

- Alia Bhatt

Brought Rule Exception

I was brought up to believe that the worst thing you could do was 'call attention to yourself,' or 'think you were smart.' My mother was an exception to this rule and was punished by the early onset of Parkinson's disease.

- Alice Munro

Ever Church Brought

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.

- Alice Walker

Am Brought Right

I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it.

- Alice Walker

Small Country Brought

This worldwide spread of recognition is insane. I was brought up in a small country. If you made a Swedish film that just got into a film festival somewhere, that was like the biggest thing you could wish for.

- Alicia Vikander

City Brought Boom

In 'Where the Air is Clear', Carlos Fuentes composed a polyphonic portrait of Mexico City amid the growth and modernization brought on by the economic boom of the 1950s. The novel can be read as a jazz interpretation - free and in a Mexican key - of John Dos Passos' 'Manhattan Transfer'.

- Alvaro Enrigue

City Became 19th Century

If you read the poets of the 19th century in Latin America, you would see that Havana or Mexico City or Buenos Aires are incredibly modern and global cities that they were not. And eventually they became real, and they became real because people read these books and tried to live in a better world.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Education City Medical

My opportunity to design school choice systems began in 2003 with a phone call from Jeremy Lack at the New York City Department of Education. He knew of my work on the medical match and wondered if similar efforts might help reorganize the dysfunctional, congested system then used to match students to high schools.

- Alvin E. Roth

City Big Country

My favorite country blues player was Big Bill Broonzy. City blues was Freddie King, but I liked them all - Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Ralph Willis, Lonnie Johnson, Brownie McGhee and the three Kings, B.B., Albert and Freddie. Jazz-wise, I listened to Django, Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery.

- Alvin Lee

Almost Idea Boom

Kaizad Gustad is quite crazy, and he has weird ideas, and 'Boom' is one such idea. It's a crazy film by a crazy guy. It's almost a satire, a black comedy.

- Amitabh Bachchan

Year Weeks Boom

From 1987 to 1992, I was on the road for 40 weeks a year playing comedy clubs, and that was during the 'comedy boom.'

- Andy Kindler

Years Training Boom

Ten years ago I was not heavily involved in the film world but on reflection it was a boom time with the mineral boom happening, so there was immense growth for industrial training films, documentaries to do with the mining, and the outback world.

- Ann Macbeth

Boom Mike Knock

People say of every opponent, 'When are you going to knock him out?' But I'm not like Mike Tyson, who came flying out of his corner. I'm much more composed. A guy is supposed to be durable, but then I start finding my range, and, well, it comes together. Boom.

- Anthony Joshua

Always Grow Boom

No matter what you do in life, you want to make it boom. It can apply to anyone. Wherever you at, you always got to grow.

- Antonio Brown

World Broken Boom

India's great economic boom, the arrival of the Internet and outsourcing, have broken the wall between provincial India and the world.

- Aravind Adiga

Brought Door Dave

Pat Riley, Dave Checketts and Ernie Grunfeld - they brought the Knicks back to the glory days. It started with Rick Pitino. We took our first step with him, making the playoffs. When Pat came in we just kicked the door open.

- Patrick Ewing