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The Paris Review No. 206, Fall 2013

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Ursula K. Le Guin on the art of fiction: “A genre is a form, in a sense, and that can lead you to ideas that you would not have just thought up if you were working in an undefined field.” And Emmanuel Carrère on the art of nonfiction: “Like everyone, I know some big words, but I try my damndest not to use them.” 

New fiction from Benjamin Nugent, Ottessa Moshfegh, Andrew Martin, Christine Smallwood, and Bill Cotter, and a translation of Karl Kraus by Jonathan Franzen.

Poems by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Jana Prikryl, Durs Grünbein, Maureen N. McLane, Craig Morgan Teicher, Luigia Sorrentino, Dan Chiasson, Charles Simic, and Frederick Seidel. A portfolio of Dutch scenes, curated by Lydia Davis.

Table of Contents

Fiction

Bill Cotter, Tammy

Andrew Martin, Cool for America

Ottessa Moshfegh, The Weirdos

Benjamin Nugent, God

Christine Smallwood, Reading Comprehension

Interview

Emmanuel Carrère, The Art of Nonfiction No. 5  Full Text

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Art of Fiction No. 221  Full Text

Poetry

Dan Chiasson, Bicentennial

Durs Grünbein, Peacocks on Broadway

Maureen N. McLane, As I Was Saying, the Sun

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, The Mind After Everything Has Happened

Jana Prikryl, “A Place as Good as Any”

Frederick Seidel, Two Poems

Charles Simic, Four Poems

Luigia Sorrentino, Two Poems

Craig Morgan Teicher, Why Poetry: A Partial Autobiography

Portfolio

Lydia Davis, Dutch Scenes

Nonfiction

Karl Kraus, Against Heine