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The Paris Review No. 200, Spring 2012

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Bret Easton Ellis on the art of fiction: "American Psycho came out of a place of severe alienation and loneliness and self-loathing. I was pursuing a life—you could call it the Gentleman’s Quarterly way of living—that I knew was bullshit, and yet I couldn’t seem to help it."

Maggie Paley’s interview with Terry Southern—in the works since 1967!

New fiction by Lorrie Moore, David Means, and Matt Sumell. Essays by David Searcy and John Jeremiah Sullivan. Literary paint chips by Leanne Shapton and Ben Schott, and a portfolio of Prabuddha Dasgupta's photographs curated by Geoff Dyer.

Poems from Adrienne Rich, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Susan Barbour, Stephen Dunn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maureen N. McLane, Nicanor Parra, and Frederick Seidel.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Lorin Stein, Editor’s Note  Full Text


David Means, The Chair

Lorrie Moore, Wings

Matt Sumell, Toast


Bret Easton Ellis, The Art of Fiction No. 216  Full Text

Terry Southern, The Art of Screenwriting No. 3  Full Text


Susan Barbour, Insomnia

Stephen Dunn, Sea Level

Yusef Komunyakaa, Night of the Armadillo  Full Text

Yusef Komunyakaa, Blind Fish

Maureen N. McLane, All Good   Full Text

Maureen N. McLane, Tell Us What Happened After We Left

Nicanor Parra, Defense of Violeta Parra

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Heralds of Delicioso Coco Helado

Adrienne Rich, Itinerary  Full Text

Frederick Seidel, The Green Necklace

Frederick Seidel, Poems 1959–2009

Frederick Seidel, Night   Full Text

Frederick Seidel, Cimetière du Montparnasse, 
12ème division

Frederick Seidel, Transport


Geoff Dyer, Prabuddha Dasgupta  Full Text


David Searcy, El Camino Doloroso

John Jeremiah Sullivan, The Princes: A Reconstruction


Leanne Shapton and Ben Schott, Prose Purple

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John Jeremiah Sullivan, Sources for “The Princes”  Full Text