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The Paris Review No. 209, Summer 2014

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Joy Williams on the art of fiction: “The story knows itself better than the writer does at some point, knows what’s being said before the writer figures out how to say it.” Henri Cole on the art of poetry: “In truth, I’m still slightly embarrassed to say, I am a poet. I’d rather say, I make poems.”

The third installment of a novel by Rachel Cusk. New fiction from Zadie Smith, J. D. Daniels, Ottessa Moshfegh, Garth Greenwell, and Shelly Oria. An essay by Andrea Barrett.

Poems by Jane Hirshfield, Les Murray, Ange Mlinko, Charles Simic, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Adam Kirsch, Nick Laird, and Henri Cole. A portfolio of dog drawings by Raymond Pettibon.

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The Paris Review No. 208, Spring 2014

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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the art of television: “TV writing is for people who hate being alone more than they hate writing.” Adam Phillips on the art of nonfiction: “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.” And a visit with Evan S. Connell. “I just do it the way I think it should be done. Sometimes I have no idea what critics are talking about.” 

The second installment of a novel by Rachel Cusk. New fiction from Zadie Smith, Ben Lerner, Luke Mogelson, and Bill Cotter.

Poems by John Ashbery, Dorothea Lasky, Frederick Seidel, Carol Muske-Dukes, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and Nick Laird. A portfolio of previously unpublished photographs by Francesca Woodman.

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