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The Paris Review No. 193, Summer 2010

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R. Crumb on the art of comics: “I am a bookmaker. I see blank books, I want to fill them—notebooks, sketchbooks, blank pages.”

David Mitchell on the art of fiction: “the universe needs to contrive circumstances to stop me writing.”

New fiction by Geek Love author Katherine Dunn, Colum McCann, Ann Beattie, and more.

Memoir by Wenguang Huang and Victor LaValle, and a dispatch from the North Atlantic by Julia Whitty.

Poems by Jorie Graham, Matthew Zapruder, and Cynthia Zarin.

Plus photographer Jeff Antebi in Haiti; a summer poetry showcase; and more.

Table of Contents


Lauren Acampora, Self-Evident

Ann Beattie, Hoodie in Xanadu  Full Text

Katherine Dunn, Rhonda Discovers Art

Colum McCann, Aisling

Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, Elk Stalled in Snow


R. Crumb, The Art of Comics No. 1  Full Text

David Mitchell, The Art of Fiction No. 204  Full Text


Peg Boyers, At the Guggenheim Museum, Venice

Ron De Maris, Old Cadillac

Jorie Graham, Three Poems

James Longenbach, Knowledge

Deborah Pease, Self-Portrait in Iceland  Full Text

Deborah Pease, Sheep in Landscape

Julia Story, Four Poems

Matthew Zapruder, Come On All You Ghosts

Cynthia Zarin, Ada Poems


Wenguang Huang, Coffin Keeper

Victor LaValle, The Gospel According to P——


Jeff Antebi, Haiti on Fire


Julia Whitty, Deep Blue Home