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The Paris Review No. 201, Summer 2012

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Tony Kushner on the art of theater: “As a playwright, you are a torturer of actors and of the audience as well. You inflict things on people.” And Wallace Shawn: “When I wrote my first play I read it to myself, and I immediately thought, Well writing plays—this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

New fiction from Sam Lipsyte and Ann Beattie. Essays by Davy Rothbart, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Rich Cohen, and J.D. Daniels. A portfolio of animals and nudes by Walton Ford and Ryan McGinley, curated by Waris Ahluwalia.

Poems by Sophie Cabot Black, Roberto Bolaño, Raúl Zurita, John Ashbery, Octavio Paz, Lucie Brock-Broido, David Ferry, and Virgil.

Table of Contents


Ann Beattie, The Astonished Woodchopper

Sam Lipsyte, This Appointment Occurs in the Past


Tony Kushner, The Art of Theater No. 16  Full Text

Wallace Shawn, The Art of Theater No. 17  Full Text


John Ashbery, Three Poems

Sophie Cabot Black, Online Again

Roberto Bolaño, Five Poems

Lucie Brock-Broido, Posthumous Seduction

David Ferry, That Now Are Wild and Do Not Remember

Octavio Paz, Target Practice

Virgil, From the 'Aeneid,' Book VI  Full Text

Raúl Zurita, The Pacific Is the Sky


Waris Ahluwalia, Walton Ford and Ryan McGinley


Rich Cohen, Pirate City

J. D. Daniels, Letter from Majorca  Full Text

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Young Berries

Davy Rothbart, Human Snowball