The Last Word

A quick questionnaire with Daniel Alarcón

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1. My greatest professional influence is Ryszard Kapuscinski.

2. My fondest memory is private.

3. The last book I read was Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov.

4. If I could have dinner with anyone living or dead it would be Jorge Luis Borges.

5. Three things I can't live without are … not things, people.

6. The most pressing issue facing the world is the looming environmental catastrophe and the wars that will be fought as a result.

7. The most important lesson I ever learned was to believe in the necessity of art.

8. My advice for those just starting out in this profession is to read everything.

9. My motto is from a César Vallejo poem that my father had framed above his desk: “Hay, hermanos, muchísimo que hacer.”

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