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The Paris Review No. 195, Winter 2010

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Jonathan Franzen on the art of fiction: “When I was younger, the main struggle was to be a 'good writer.' Now I more or less take my writing abilities for granted, although this doesn’t mean I always write well.” And Louise Erdrich on her heritage and being pigeonholed.

A novella by Péter Nádas, new fiction from Claire Vaye Watkins and Alexandra Kleeman.

A curated portfolio by David Salle featuring Amy Sillman and Tom McGrath.

Poems by Devin Johnston, Jim Moore, Maureen N. McLane, and more.

Plus, recollections and sketches by Saul Steinberg.

Table of Contents


Alexandra Kleeman, Fairy Tale

Péter Nádas, Le nu féminin en mouvement

Claire Vaye Watkins, Gold Mine


Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208  Full Text

Jonathan Franzen, The Art of Fiction No. 207  Full Text


Brian Blanchfield, Smalltown Lift  Full Text

Albert Goldbarth, Minnows, Darters, Sturgeon

Devin Johnston, Two Poems

Dana Levin, In Honor of Xipe

Maureen N. McLane, Three Poems

Jim Moore, Blood in Our Headlights, Car Wrecked, the Boar Dead

Damion Searls, 808 A.D.  Full Text

Matthew Thorburn, Pylsur


David Salle, Amy Sillman and Tom McGrath


Saul Steinberg, Portraits and Landscapes

In Memory

Peter Matthiessen, Thomas Guinzburg  Full Text