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I started writing movie scripts.
by Manuel Puig

I started writing movie scripts.
They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when
they were finished because they were simple copies
of the films I saw in childhood.
- Manuel Puig

Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual.
He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.
- Manuel Puig

I didn't choose literature.
Literature chose me.
There was no decision on my side.
- Manuel Puig

I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
- Manuel Puig

 

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

I am very interested in what has been called bad taste.
I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste
stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.
- Manuel Puig

One performs a very different act when reading a movie
and when reading a novel.
Your attention behaves differently.
- Manuel Puig

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The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe,
to his or her own point of view.
If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view,
it's impossible to be a creator.
- Manuel Puig

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.
- Manuel Puig

I'm not a best-seller, but through translations,
I've accumulated some money.
- Manuel Puig

My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
- Manuel Puig

Ironically, Latin American countries,
in their instability, give writers and intellectuals
the hope that they are needed.
- Manuel Puig

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.
- Manuel Puig

I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry.
But I don't like his themes, not at all.
- Manuel Puig

What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify,
don't they?
- Manuel Puig

Contrary to what Kafka does, I always like to refer
all of my fictions to the level of reality,
He, on the other hand, leaves them at an imaginary level.
- Manuel Puig

I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality.
Film scripts have a synthetical constitution.
- Manuel Puig

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.
- Manuel Puig

I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature.
If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy,
it can be developed in synthetic terms.
- Manuel Puig

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient.
Besides, life has so much humor.
- Manuel Puig

I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
- Manuel Puig

I don't think humor is forced upon my universe;
it's a part of it.
- Manuel Puig

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

Writers are not meant for action.
- Manuel Puig

I've always wondered why there isn't a great French
novel about the German occupation.
The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
- Manuel Puig

I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it.
That's the genesis of all my work.
- Manuel Puig

I had stories that needed more space than the hour
and a half or two hours a movie gives you.
- Manuel Puig

It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates
the novel's aesthetic facade.
- Manuel Puig

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

My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.
- Manuel Puig

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

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

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

Book reviews have never helped me.
Most of them erred in their interpretations and their
work has been a waste of time.
- Manuel Puig

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

I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll.
Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing;
it makes you feel like an idiot.
- Manuel Puig

I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality.
It's closer to our dreams.
- Manuel Puig

I allow my intuition to lead my path.
- Manuel Puig

For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate
the imagination and the unconscious,
it's essential to be free.
- Manuel Puig

As a rule, one should never place form over content.
- Manuel Puig

All of my problems are rather complicated -
I need an entire novel to deal with them,
not a short story or a movie.
It's like a personal therapy.
- Manuel Puig

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

If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters,
he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
- Manuel Puig

I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't
had great literary influences in my life.
- Manuel Puig

Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.
- Manuel Puig

If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished.
It's a positive force.
- Manuel Puig

We should try to understand our innermost needs.
We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
- Manuel Puig

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

Modern American cinema seems to me superficial.
The intention is to understand a certain reality,
and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality.
- Manuel Puig

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

The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language,
the same tensions appearing in the original.
That's hard!
- Manuel Puig

If a spectator with a philosophical mind,
somebody accustomed to reading books,
gets the same kind of information in a movie,
he might not fully understand it.
- Manuel Puig

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.
- Manuel Puig

I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
- Manuel Puig

I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
- Manuel Puig

In film, you can't go into analytical explorations
because the audience will reject that.
- Manuel Puig

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.
- Manuel Puig

I only understand realism.
- Manuel Puig

It's essential not to have an ideology,
not to be a member of a political party.
While the writer can have certain political views,
he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
- Manuel Puig

In a country like France, so ancient,
their history is full of outstanding people,
so they carry a heavy weight on their back.
Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
- Manuel Puig

Hitchcock makes it very clear to us.
There's an objective and a subjective camera,
like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.
- Manuel Puig

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan


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