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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

Fiction

David Means, The Chair

Lorrie Moore, Wings

Matt Sumell, Toast

Interview

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

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

Poetry

Susan Barbour, Insomnia

Stephen Dunn, Sea Level

Yusef Komunyakaa, Two Poems

Maureen N. McLane, Two Poems

Nicanor Parra, Defense of Violeta Parra

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Heralds of Delicioso Coco Helado

Adrienne Rich, Itinerary  Full Text

Frederick Seidel, Five Poems

Portfolio

Geoff Dyer, Prabuddha Dasgupta  Full Text

Essay

David Searcy, El Camino Doloroso

John Jeremiah Sullivan, The Princes: A Reconstruction

Document

Leanne Shapton and Ben Schott, Prose Purple

Web Exclusive

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