"I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing it makes you feel like an idiot."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Manuel Puig on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Manuel Puig on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Manuel Puig on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Manuel Puig on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Manuel Puig on Ray Charles
"I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all."
"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."
"What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?"
"I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams."
"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."