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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


Bill Cotter, Tammy

Andrew Martin, Cool for America

Ottessa Moshfegh, The Weirdos  Full Text

Benjamin Nugent, God

Christine Smallwood, Reading Comprehension


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

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


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, Song to the Moon  Full Text

Frederick Seidel, Widening Income Inequality

Charles Simic, Thus

Charles Simic, So Early in the Morning  Full Text

Charles Simic, The Bamboo Garden

Charles Simic, About Myself

Luigia Sorrentino, “even higher…”

Luigia Sorrentino, “we had climbed up the mountain…”  Full Text

Craig Morgan Teicher, Why Poetry: A Partial Autobiography


Lydia Davis, Dutch Scenes


Karl Kraus, Against Heine  Full Text