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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

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

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

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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Book Atheism Old Testament

The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief - call it what you will - than any book ever written. It has emptied more churches than all the counter-attractions of cinema, motor-bicycle and golf course.

- A. A. Milne

Victoria Queen Kind

My kind publishers, Toby Mundy and Margaret Stead of Atlantic Books, have commissioned me to write the life of Queen Victoria.

- A. N. Wilson

Give Shape Kind

Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape.

- A. S. Byatt

Hands Could My Own

My knowledge of electrical subjects was not acquired in a methodical manner but was picked up from such books as I could get hold of and from such experiments as I could make with my own hands.

- Alexander Graham Bell

Will Hands Words

They will wrest 'dull words' from my cold dead hands.

- Alexandra Petri

Hands Remain Rich

What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Hands Becoming Gotten

I'd gotten the message in my home, starting with my grandfather, that real work, the kind that makes you sweat and gets your hands dirty, is a respectable, necessary thing. But I wanted to write - and writing didn't qualify. Whenever I told my parents I dreamed of becoming a writer, they said, 'Great, but what are you going to do for work?'

- Ali Liebegott

Hands Became Breathing

From the first I became convinced that what I must look for was lead dust and lead fumes, that men were poisoned by breathing poisoned air, not by handling their food with unwashed hands.

- Alice Hamilton

Hands Tell Problematic

It's the stickiness of earth that makes it problematic - the way it stains your straps and ingrains your hands so you can't quite tell where you start and stop.

- Alice Oswald

Grow Hands Bakery

First, kids should be involved in the production of their own food. They have to get their hands in the dirt, they have to grow things. They also have to become sensually stimulated, and the way to begin is with a bakery.

- Alice Waters

Kind Might Whole

Lyrics are kind of the whole thing; it's the message. Something might have a beautiful melody but if it's not the truth coming out of your mouth, it's not appealing.

- Alison Krauss

Think Been Kind

People can be quite cynical. 'The Kills are too cool.' There's been an on-and-off relationship with the music press that loves us and then hates us then loves us again. I don't think any kind of press is reliable.

- Alison Mosshart

Book Wrote Flat

I wrote each book in thirty-five days flat - just to get the darned thing finished.

- Alistair Maclean

Kind Interesting Students

There is a kind of belief among my students that things that are true are interesting. But most things that are true are not interesting. Four pages describing how I got up and brushed my teeth in the morning would kill you.

- Alistair MacLeod

Art England Kind

There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago.

- Allen Tate

Book About Door

The best thing I ever learned when I first started acting is that you audition, and then you forget about it when you walk out the door. Even when you have a callback, you can't bank on things until you actually book that job, or your heart will just be broken over and over again.

- Allison Tolman

Book Beauty Makeup

I've put on makeup just for fun since I was a really little girl. Now I keep a look book for inspiration - with hair, makeup, beauty tips and products to try.

- Allison Williams

Book My Life Open Book

My life is an open book.

- Allu Arjun

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

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