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The Paris Review No. 208, Spring 2014

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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the art of television: “TV writing is for people who hate being alone more than they hate writing.” Adam Phillips on the art of nonfiction: “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.” And a visit with Evan S. Connell. “I just do it the way I think it should be done. Sometimes I have no idea what critics are talking about.” 

The second installment of a novel by Rachel Cusk. New fiction from Zadie Smith, Ben Lerner, Luke Mogelson, and Bill Cotter.

Poems by John Ashbery, Dorothea Lasky, Frederick Seidel, Carol Muske-Dukes, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and Nick Laird. A portfolio of previously unpublished photographs by Francesca Woodman.

Table of Contents


Bill Cotter, The Window Lion

Rachel Cusk, Outline: Part 2

Ben Lerner, Specimen Days

Luke Mogelson, To the Lake

Zadie Smith, Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets


Adam Phillips, The Art of Nonfiction No. 7  Full Text

Matthew Weiner, The Art of Screenwriting No. 4  Full Text


John Ashbery, The Ritz Brothers on Moonlight Bay

John Ashbery, Psychic Bitters  Full Text

John Ashbery, The Sad Thing

Nick Laird, XY

Dorothea Lasky, The Rain

Dorothea Lasky, Dawn Song

Dorothea Lasky, The Orange Flower

Dorothea Lasky, Porn  Full Text

Carol Muske-Dukes, No Hands

Geoffrey G. O’Brien, For a Those Still About To

Geoffrey G. O’Brien, After England  Full Text

Frederick Seidel, Hip-Hop

Frederick Seidel, The End of Summer  Full Text

Frederick Seidel, Winter Day, Birdsong

Frederick Seidel, Snowing

Frederick Seidel, Autumn Leaves  Full Text


Francesca Woodman, Fugitive Photographs


Gemma Sieff, A Visit with Evan Connell