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The Paris Review No. 214, Fall 2015

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Eileen Myles on the art of poetry: “People loved to talk about how Frank O’Hara didn’t really care about getting published. That doesn’t jibe with my experience.” Jane Smiley on the art of fiction: “There weren’t too many books by women that were taught in school, so I read those on my own, and the books I read were as accessible as the ones we were reading in school.”

New fiction by Ottessa Moshfegh, Chirs Bachelder, Patrick Dacey, and Deborah Eisenberg.

Poems by Ange Mlinko, Eileen Myles, Michael Hofmann, Stephen Dunn, Kevin Prufer, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Nathaniel Mackey, and Linda Pastan. And nonfiction by Robert Anthony Siegel, and Jame Salter.

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The Paris Review No. 213, Summer 2015

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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on the art of translation: “As translators, we don’t live with these ideas. We live with words.” Peter Cole on the art of translation: “Smart people say such dumb and disappointing things about translation.”

New fiction by Michel Houellebecq, Deb Olin Unferth, David Szalay, Ann Beattie, Andrés Neuman, Padgett Powell, Chris Bachelder, and Lucia Berlin.

Poems by Coral Bracho, D. Nurkse, Xi Chuan, Radmila Lazić, Iman Mersal, Peter Cole, Nick Twemlow, Ishion Hutchinson, and John Koethe. And a portfolio by Aidan Koch.

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The Paris Review No. 212, Spring 2015

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Hilary Mantel on the art of fiction: “I suppose if I have a maxim, it is that there isn’t any necessary conflict between good history and good drama.” Lydia Davis on the art of fiction: “ I find what happens in reality very interesting and I don’t find a great need to make up things, but I do like retelling stories that are told to me.”  Elena Ferrante on the art of fiction: “ The media simply can't discuss an artwork unless it can point to some protagonist behind it. And yet there is no work of literature that is not the fruit of tradition, of many skills, of a sort of collective intelligence.”

New fiction by Mark Leyner, Angela Flournoy, Ken Kalfus, and James Lasdun. An essay by J. D. Daniels.

Poems by Charles Simic, Peter Gizzi, Sarah Trudgeon, Shuzo Takiguchi, Major Jackson, Craig Morgan Teicher, Susan Stewart, and Stephen Dunn. A portfolios by Mel Bochner and Ben Lerner and Thomas Demand.

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