There is no point to samba if it doesn't make you smile.— Alma Guillermoprieto
The most sensitive Alma Guillermoprieto quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
The left is being funded primarily by the drug traffickers who provide this tax money and that's why the guerrillas in Colombia, unlike the guerrillas anywhere else in Latin America, have been able to survive for 40 years because they have a hard, solid source of income.
And, of course, millions of us cross the border to work in US homes and gardens and factories and carpentry shops and restaurants, and if you go to a restaurant pretty much anywhere in the United States, the chances are that the dishes will be washed by a Mexican.
I realized that I had traveled to Havana during what now seems like the childhood of the Cuban Revolution, if you think that Fidel has now been in power for 44 extremely long years. I started looking at the revolution as history, and not as part of the daily news.
I think the great Mexican cuisine is dying because there are fast foods now competing, because there are supermarkets, and supermarkets can't afford to keep in stock a lot of these very perishable products that are used for fine Mexican cooking. Women are working and real Mexican cooking requires enormous amounts of time.
Talking in one language and talking in another, I think inevitably, produce two different personalities, as far as I've seen in other people. I assume it does the same for me.
I love food and I love everything involved with food.
I love the fun of it. I love restaurants. I love cooking, although I don't cook very much. I love kitchens.
So, you know, I always say that I'm a Mexican, but if I had to be a citizen of anywhere else, I'd be a citizen of Manhattan. I feel very much a New Yorker.
Well, one of the things I discovered in the course of looking back and writing about what I saw in my memory is that I was a closely observant person long before I became a reporter.
I may not have a practical mind, but it's very fixated on concrete things. I like detail.
The most that somebody in Mexico City will get paid for a job in construction is 100 pesos a day.
You know, one, two, three, four, five years go by and then Marcos gets a little boring.
Investigative reporting is the bone structure without which the journalistic body collapses. The Center for Public Integrity's constant and consistently enterprising investigative work is an invaluable contribution not only to journalism, but to society and to a healthy democracy
For the kids, who in their lives have never known the slightest power, delinquency is a way of looking for power.
If you're going to be a myth or want to be a myth, you'd better die young.
The best translators slip into the glove of a text and then turn it inside out into another language, and the whole thing comes out looking like a brand-new glove again. I'm completely in awe of this skill, since I happen to be both bilingual and a writer, but nevertheless a lousy translator.
One does, after all, take on many of the givens of a society when one takes on its language.
An essential part of the magic involves turning everyone into an enemy, to ward off surprises.
I'm an efficient, good, professional reporter.
But I also write. And so what I try to do is write about places that I know that I care about intensely and write about them in a way that conveys the fact that I care.
Peron had a wise saying. In politics, you can recover from anything except looking like a fool.
What I wonder is what would happen in California, say, if all the Mexicans left from one day to the next?