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Windows on the World

Dennis Cooper, Paris

January 6, 2012 | by

Matteo Pericoli is a famous drawer of cities. He is known for his witty, loving, obsessively detailed renditions of the Manhattan coastline (Manhattan Unfurled), the perimeter of Central Park (Manhattan Within), and the banks of the River Thames (London Unfurled).

Several years ago, Matteo began to draw New York from a new vantage point—from its windows. He asked artists, writers, politicians, editors, and others involved with the cultural life of the city to let him draw whatever they saw when they looked outside. These were collected in the book The City Out My Window (and the view from 62 White Street appeared on the cover of The Paris Review).

In 2010, the project grew. Matteo was commissioned by The New York Times op-ed page to draw the window views of writers around the world, and the writers were asked to describe them. Starting today, that series—Windows on the World—will continue in The Paris Review Daily.

Stay tuned for a new window each month. —Lorin Stein

This is the only window in the room where I live. It looks over the former grounds of the former monastery turned artists residency in the 10th arrondissement of Paris where I reside. I only look through it when I’m smoking. —Dennis Cooper



  1. Blue Sky | January 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    What is the “witty” aesthetic? Does it involve a fascination with metropolises? Or perhaps a preference for lopsided representations of linear objects–as if to suggest a humorous deviation from reality?

  2. Lorin Stein | January 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I suppose those things come into it, but what I have in mind is a kind of knowing tension between the documentary urge — to record each brick or window or twig — and the warm human hand, which wobbles, and admires, and seeks out harmonies between each building and its neighbors. If God made these drawings, He would be a nice God. A God Who looked out our windows and forgave us for loving what we saw.

  3. Blue Sky | January 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    But surely the windows of artists contain more wit than other windows? Looking through the eyes of my favorite writers, I can almost feel their genius. For some of us, it may be the closest we get to these reclusive artist-types, whose only portal to the world seems to be their window — like the time I saw Michael Jackson hanging out of his.

    I know i’m better off knowing that Mr. Cooper only looks out his Paris window when he’s smoking. I hear the editor of the Paris Review smokes Reds. Gosh, I need to pick up the habit.

    Henry Miller’s bathroom was said to have been invigorating. Perhaps we can have a series of bathroom portraits? I do my best thinking in that room.

  4. Mo Ibrahim | January 9, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Wow, what a great idea PARIS REVIEW! I’m looking forward to the “views”.

  5. This is Belgium | January 9, 2012 at 5:37 am

    looking forward to what’s next

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