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The Paris Review No. 172, Winter 2004

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Barry Hannah on self-hating Southerners, .45 caliber teaching tools, and overcoming alcoholism: “I was often taught that everything is worth it for art. Everything. It was a cult.” Disaster Remembered: “They stood in the black dust, talking, breathing, wondering at it. People came from all around in their cars and on their bikes to have a look. We didnít know that death could be so beautiful.” Strange new fiction from Haruki Murakami: “Okawa gobbled down the sardine, stripping it from head to tail, then cleaned his face. ‘That hit the spot. Much obliged. Iíd be happy to lick you somewhere, if youíd like . . .’”

Table of Contents


Jennifer Davis, Giving Up the Ghost

Robert McCarthy, I Am the Author of My Own Life

Haruki Murakami, Heigh-Ho

Padgett Powell, Horses


Barry Hannah, The Art of Fiction No. 184  Full Text


Judith Berke, Playground

Alexandra Budny, Two Poems

A. B. Epstein, Nomad Journeys

Edwin Gallaher, Two Poems

Vicki Hearne, The Wax Figure Ruined

Anthony Hecht, Visitations  Full Text

William Logan, Crossing Newfoundland

Wayne Miller, Reading Sonnevi on a Tuesday Night

Benjamin Paloff, Two Poems

John Poch, February Flu  Full Text

Lynne Potts, Two Poems

Jaroslav Seifert, Mozart in Prague

Patty Seyburn, The Alphabetizer Speaks  Full Text

Jeffrey Skinner, Two Poems

Henry Sloss, From the Heights

Charlie Smith, Out of the Way Bungalow-Style Areas  Full Text

Dabney Stuart, Gifts

Al Wiggins, Was It Quiet Like This?

Imants Ziedonis, Two Poems


Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl  Full Text

Christopher de Bellaigue, What Is Reasonable?


Shirana Shahbazi, Goftare Nik (Good Words)

Olav Westphalen, Greetings from America