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The Paris Review No. 60, Winter 1974

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“I wanted to be a writer when I was in the sixth grade—of course, I wanted to be one without working at it”: Joseph Heller on the Art of Fiction.

Peter Matthiessen discusses his new novel format, inspired by haiku poetry and screenplays.

Stories by Gail Godwin, Herbert Gold, and Peter Matthiessen. Poems by Anen Sexton and Charles Simic.

Table of Contents

Fiction

Jack Cope, Drinker of the Bitter Water

Gail Godwin, Why Does a Great Man Love?

Herbert Gold, Max and the Pacemaker

Harvey Jacobs, The Return to Puerto Vallarte of Benny the Buro

Peter Matthiessen, from Far Tortuga

Interview

Joseph Heller, The Art of Fiction No. 51  Full Text

Poetry

Michael Benedikt, Orders From Beyond

Randy Blasing, Some Legs

Jay Boyer, Unnatural Acts and Menagerie

Tom Disch, Three Poems

Erica Jong, Testament

Adam LeFevre, Planning Ahead

W. S. Merwin, The Reaper

Pat Nolan, Stick 'Em Up

Gregory Orr, Domestic Life

Dannye Romine, In the Periodical Room

Anne Sexton, Two Poems

Brian Swann, Heliopolis

L. L. Zeiger, Three Poems

Feature

Peter Matthiessen, The Craft of Fiction in Far Tortuga  Full Text

Charles Simic, Eight Poems

Art

Duane Michals, Portfolio: Stefan Michal's Suitcase, Margaret Finds a Box