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The Paris Review No. 194, Fall 2010

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Michel Houellebecq on the art of fiction: “It’s not so different from punk rock. You scream but you modulate a little.” And Norman Rush on why he didn’t publish his first book until he was fifty-three.

New fiction by Sam Lipsyte, Lydia Davis, and newcomer April Ayers Lawson.

An essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan, and a dispatch from Cambridge by J. D. Daniels.

Poems by Frederick Seidel, Carol Muske-Dukes, John Tranter, and more.

Plus a curated portfolio by Lauren Cornell featuring Tauba Auerbach and Colter Jacobsen.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Lorin Stein, Editor's Note  Full Text


Lydia Davis, Ten Stories from Flaubert

April Ayers Lawson, Virgin

Sam Lipsyte, The Worm in Philly  Full Text


Michel Houellebecq, The Art of Fiction No. 206  Full Text

Norman Rush, The Art of Fiction No. 205  Full Text


Daniel Bosch, Solutions to Autumn

Mark Ford, Four Poems

Charles Harper Webb, Sand Fish

Dorothea Lasky, It's a Lonely World

Giacomo Leopardi, Two Poems

Carol Muske-Dukes, Condolence Note: Los Angeles

Frederick Seidel, Five Poems

John Tranter, Four Poems After Baudelaire


Tauba Auerbach and Colter Jacobsen, A portfolio curated by Lauren Cornell


John Jeremiah Sullivan, Mister Lytle: An Essay  Full Text


J. D. Daniels, Letter from Cambridge