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The Paris Review No. 189, Summer 2009

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An interview with Gay Talese: “Nonfiction writers are second-class citizens, the Ellis Island of literature. We just can't quite get in. And yes, it pisses me off.”

A novella by Damon Galgut: “The stranger who has taken up residence in her, somebody dark and reckless that he doesn't trust, is still biding her time.”

Liao Yiwu marks the twentieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square.

Tad Friend on love among WASPs.

New stories by Boualem Sansal and Kenneth Calhoun.

Photos by Larry Sultan, and poetry from Billy Collins, Craig Arnold, and Dana Levin.

Table of Contents


Kenneth Calhoun, Nightblooming  Full Text

Damon Galgut, The Guardian

Boualem Sansal, After Rach'el


Gay Talese, The Art of Nonfiction No. 2  Full Text


Craig Arnold, Two Poems

Star Black, Twilit  Full Text

John Casteen, Nocturne: Redaction  Full Text

Billy Collins, Returning the Pencil to Its Tray

Dana Levin, Three Poems

John Poch, Well into Winter

Michael Waters, White Stork


Tad Friend, You Give No Inspire to the Wounded Woman in Your First Aid


Larry Sultan, Homeland


Gay Talese, Sketches for Thy Neighbor’s Wife


Liao Yiwu, Nineteen Days  Full Text