What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
I always felt a little worm inside me: 'Now you need to write a novel with a woman protagonist.'
I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination.
The new world economic order is not an exercise in philanthropy, but in enlightened self-interest for everyone concerned.
I like fighting. I get into rows all the time.
I'm a writer, not a genre.
I started my own magazine with drawings, commentary, news, film reviews and drawings.
I must write the book out in my head now, before I sit down.
Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.
Under the veneer of Westernization, the cultures of the Indian world - which have existed for 30,000 years! - continue to live. Sometimes in a magical way, sometimes in the shadows.
I am a morning writer; I am writing at eight-thirty in longhand and I keep at it until twelve-thirty, when I go for a swim. Then I come back, have lunch, and read in the afternoon until I take my walk for the next day's writing.
Don't classify me, read me.
The historical problem of the United States is to admit that it is a multiracial and multi-ethnic nation.
I have no literary fears.
Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because she's had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.
The United States condoned dictatorships in Latin America for much of the 20th century.
There are now 30-year-old Mexican writers who do great novels in which Mexico isn't even mentioned.
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics.
Cuba needs a dose of perestroika.
What's happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is one of the grossest violations of human rights under the Geneva Conventions that we have record of. It is simply monstrous.