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The Paris Review No. 204, Spring 2013

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Deborah Eisenberg on the art of fiction: “You write something and there’s no reality to it. You can’t inject it with any kind of reality.” And Mark Leyner: “I emerged with a torn shirt, sweaty—and victorious. That’s what my experience of writing The Sugar Frosted Nutsack was like. Battling this pterodactyl in the closet with a pan.”

New fiction from Ottessa Moshfegh, David Gates, Tess Wheelwright, Mark Leyner, Adam O’Fallon Price, and Adelaide Docx, and essays by Vivian Gornick and David Searcy.

Poems by Peter Cole, Sylvie Baumgartel, Stephen Dunn, John Freeman, Tony Hoagland, Frederick Seidel, Ange Mlinko, Melcion Mateu, and Kevin Young. A portfolio from the archives of Willa Kim.

Cover: JR, Unframed: George Plimpton, 1967, from a photograph by Henry Grossman.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Lorin Stein, Editor’s Note  Full Text


Adelaide Docx, Musicians Afloat in the Night Sky

David Gates, An Actor Prepares

Mark Leyner, Sizzle Real

Ottessa Moshfegh, Bettering Myself  Full Text

Adam O’Fallon Price, Sandstorm

Tess Wheelwright, Do You Realize??


Deborah Eisenberg, The Art of Fiction No. 218  Full Text

Mark Leyner, The Art of Fiction No. 219  Full Text


Sylvie Baumgartel, Three Poems

Peter Cole, From “The Invention of Influence”

Stephen Dunn, Feathers

John Freeman, Beirut

Tony Hoagland, White Writer

Melcion Mateu, Abyss

Ange Mlinko, Wingandecoia

Frederick Seidel, Pussy Days

Kevin Young, from Winehouse


Nicole Rudick, From the Archive of Willa Kim


Vivian Gornick, Letter from Greenwich Village

David Searcy, Mad Science