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Manuel Puig
December 28, 1932 - July 22, 1990
Nationality: Argentinian
Category: Author

My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.


I only understand realism.


Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.


I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.


The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.


Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.


My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.


I don't want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.


I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.


Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.


What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.


My pleasure was to copy, not to create.


Writers are not meant for action.


Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.


It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.


I write for somebody who has my own limitations. My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating, which in my case comes from being a film viewer.


I believe that people who don't achieve anything in life are isolated and resent those that are successful.


I do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor.


I am only interested in bad taste if I can enjoy a gruesome tango or watch a movie that makes me cry.


I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.


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