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The Paris Review No. 146, Spring 1998

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“Your immediate contemporaries are just blind worms in a ditch, slithering pointlessly around, getting nowhere”: An interview with Martin Amis.

An essay by Alain de Botton. Stories by A. S. Byatt, Giles Foden, and Will Self. Poems by Simon Armitage, Lavinia Greenlaw, and Robin Robertson.

Table of Contents


A. S. Byatt, Crocodile Tears

Giles Foden, The Last King of Scotland

Claire Keegan, The Singing Cashier

Will Self, Tough Tough Toys for Tough Tough Boys


Martin Amis, The Art of Fiction No. 151  Full Text


Simon Armitage, Four Poems

Lavinia Greenlaw, Three Poems

Tim Kendall, Two Poems

Andrew Motion, Out of the Blue

Graham Nelson, Polonium Elegy

Robin Robertson, Two Poems

Neil Rollinson, Two Poems


Julian Barnes, The Man in the Back Row Has a Question V: British Literature

Alain de Botton, Drama or Melodrama

Daniel Kunitz, Text, Lucian Freud Portfolio


James Linville, Notice


Lucian Freud, Etchings

Malcolm Morley, Four Drawings

Kerry Stuart, Contents Illustration