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The Paris Review No. 109, Winter 1988

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Britain’s ages of austerity, courtroom anecdotes, and the Art of Fiction: An interview with John Mortimer.

“On Broadway, only the fire doors separate you from the sidewalk and you’re lucky if the sound of a police car doesn’t rip the envelope twice a night”: Tom Stoppard on the Art of Theater.

Stories by William S. Burroughs, Ron Hansen, Susan Minot, and Rick Moody. Poems by Harry Mathews, Charles Simic and C. D. Wright.

Table of Contents


William S. Burroughs, Twilight's Last Gleamings

Ron Hansen, Sleepless

Susan Minot, The Man Who Would Not Go Away

Rick Moody, Twister


John Mortimer, The Art of Fiction No. 106  Full Text

Tom Stoppard, The Art of Theater No. 7  Full Text


B. A. St. Andrews, On Witnessing Open-Heart Surgery

Thomas Bolt, 1971 Pontiac LeMans

Catherine Bowman, Two Poems

Hayden Carruth, Two Poems

Clayton Eshleman, The Night Against Its Lit Elastic

Arthur Gold, 1944

Jane Hirshfield, Three Poems

Harry Mathews, Condo Auction

Bruce Murphy, Estuary, Sunday Evening

Joyce Carol Oates, Three Poems

Charles Simic, Five Poems

C. D. Wright, Two Poems


Robert Gober, Six Drawings

Eva Hesse, Untitled