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The Paris Review No. 171, Fall 2004

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“All I need is a window not to write.” Creating from the basement: Tobias Wolff on the Art on the Fiction.

“Edison Steelhead was born on the kitchen floor. . . .”: Comics by Renée French.

Stories by Annie Proulx and John Edgar Wideman.

Table of Contents


Yiyun Li, Persimmons

Malinda McCollum, The Fifth Wall

Annie Proulx, The Wamsutter Wolf

John Edgar Wideman, Sightings

Antoine Wilson, Everyone Else  Full Text


Anne Carson, The Art of Poetry No. 88  Full Text

Tobias Wolff, The Art of Fiction No. 183  Full Text


Nin Andrews, Two Poems

Mary Jo Bang, Allegory  Full Text

Shannon Borg, At Sea

George Bradley, Advisory  Full Text

Patricia Brody, Dangerous to Know, Even After Death

Anne Carson, The Day Antonioni Came to the Asylum

James Cummins, Two Poems

Bryan D. Dietrich, Two Poems

Susanne Dubroff, The Bull of Lavigny

Matthew Ladd, The Traveling Dissection Tent

Randall Mann, In the Rapid Autumn of Libraries

Lynn Melnick, Two Poems

Christopher Patton, Two Poems

Katha Pollitt, Always Already

Alexis Quinlan, Two Poems

Anna Ross, Two Poems

Mark Scott, Cooking on Camera

Ben Sonnenberg, Three Poems

Charles Tomlinson, Two Poems  Full Text

William Wenthe, Picture of the Author with Vice President  Full Text


John D’Agata, Notice  Full Text

Narrative Art

Renée French, The Ticking