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" My only way of processing anything for me is by writing. "
" I think the fact that my wife died in Mexico City makes it very important to me; my life went up in smoke at that moment, the family and the future we were going to have. At that point, I was anchored to the city in a way I've never been anchored to a place before. "
" The U.S., like any other country, allows tourists into its borders in order to make money off them, and there's nothing wrong with that. Why give out tourist visas if you're not going to let tourists be tourists? "
" When I see a blatant injustice, I can't keep quiet. I've been that way since I was a little kid. "
" I identify myself as what I am. I'm half Jewish, like Proust. I have no other way to put it. "
" You witness a lot as a journalist, and what you witness becomes a part of you. "
" I have never liked the memoir form because I tend to think that memory fictionalizes anyway. Once you claim that you are writing a narrative purely from memory, you are already in the realm of fiction. "
" My earliest memories of going to Fenway with my father are a blur: many games, me too young to care, but aware that our team 'stunk.' In those years, the 1960s, the Red Sox baseball card I always coveted most was not Carl Yastrzemski's but the far more ordinary Felix Mantilla's. "
" In U.S. discourse, immigrants are mostly represented as less than human, a policy problem, or as just that, a category, and categories are prisons. "
" What's important about me is that I really have, in ways I never could have foreseen when I was young, a writing career that's reached a lot of different places. "