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The Paris Review No. 192, Spring 2010

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An interview with John McPhee:

“There are zillions of ideas out there—they stream by like neutrons.”

Ray Bradbury on the art of fiction.

A memoir of a boyhood in a Siberian criminal community.

Poetry from Charles Simic, Linda Pastan, and Deborah Landau.

New stories by Karl Taro Greenfeld, J. Robert Lennon, and new writer Belle Boggs.

Plus William Dalrymple encounters a warrior monk; photographs by G. M. B. Akash and Adrian Clarke; and more.

Table of Contents


Belle Boggs, Imperial Chrysanthemum

Karl Taro Greenfeld, Thirst

J. Robert Lennon, The Impossible Man  Full Text


Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203  Full Text

John McPhee, The Art of Nonfiction No. 3  Full Text


Sarah Cohen, The Invisible Hand

Chloe Honum, Fever

Deborah Landau, Dear Someone  Full Text

Patrick Mackie, Five Poems

Alexander Nemser, The Encyclopedia of the Dead

Linda Pastan, Eve on Her Deathbed  Full Text

J. Allyn Rosser, Sore Ga, Doshita

Charles Simic, Six Poems


Nicolai Lilin, The Pike


G. M. B. Akash, Nothing To Hold On To

Adrian Clarke, Low Newton


William Dalrymple, The Monk's Tale  Full Text