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The Paris Review No. 93, Fall 1984

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“Literature isn’t a moral beauty contest”: Philip Roth on the Art of Fiction.

Latin American politics, Edgar Allen Poe, and writing in tango time signature: An interview with Julio Cortazar.

Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Lars Gufstafsson, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Norman Rush. Poems by Harold Brodkey, Frederick Seidel, and Anne Waldman.

Table of Contents


T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Hector Quesadilla Story

Lars Gufstafsson, Water Story

Bobbie Ann Mason, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

Norman Rush, Instruments of Seduction


Julio Cortázar, The Art of Fiction No. 83  Full Text

Eugene Ionesco, The Art of Theater No. 6  Full Text

Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84  Full Text


Sharona Ben-Tov, Carillon for Cambridge Women

Harold Brodkey, To Frank O’Hara

Joseph Brodsky, Gorbunov and Gorchakov

Raymond Carver, Ten Poems

Linda Gregg, Six Poems

Herbert Morris, In the Dark

Molly Peacock, Four Poems

Frederick Seidel, Elms  Full Text

David Shapiro, House (Blown Apart)

Anne Waldman, Canzone

Baron Wormser, Three Poems


George Plimpton, Notice


Richard Diebenkorn, Combination

Laurie Simmons, Tourism

Terry Winters, Siren: Nine Drawings