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Amie Barrodale Wins Plimpton Prize; Adam Wilson Wins Terry Southern Prize for Humor

March 13, 2012 | by

Amie Barrodale.

On Tuesday, April 3, The Paris Review will honor two of our favorite young writers.

Amie Barrodale will receive the Review’s Plimpton Prize for “Wiliam Wei,” which appeared in our Summer issue.

Adam Wilson will receive the second Terry Southern Prize for Humor for his story “What’s Important Is Feeling” and his contributions to The Paris Review Daily.

The Plimpton Prize for Fiction is a $10,000 award given to a new voice published in The Paris Review. The prize is named for the Review’s longtime editor George Plimpton and reflects his commitment to discovering new writers of exceptional merit. The winner is chosen by the Board of the Review. This year’s prize will be presented by Mona Simpson.

Adam Wilson.

The Terry Southern Prize for Humor is a $5,000 award recognizing wit, panache, and sprezzatura in work published by The Paris Review or online by the Daily. Perhaps best known as the screenwriter behind Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider—and the subject of an interview in issue 200!—Terry Southern was also a satirical novelist, a pioneering New Journalist, and a driving force behind the early Paris Review. Comedian David Cross will present this year’s award.

The honoree of this year’s Revel is Robert Silvers. Zadie Smith will present Silvers with the 2012 Hadada, the Review’s lifetime achievement award recognizing a “strong and unique contribution to literature.” Previous recipients of the Hadada include James Salter, John Ashbery, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton (posthumously), Barney Rosset, Philip Roth, and William Styron.

Come help us celebrate our honorees and our two hundredth issue—and support the Review. Buy your Revel tickets now!




  1. Chad R. Anand | March 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    With all due respect for Adam Wilson’s work, I think this prize should have gone to Avi Steinberg. His essays for the Paris Review this past year were not only witty but truly inventive. It’s consistently some of the best stuff happening here. I just visited the archive and, given the volume and fervor of the comments on his articles, I suspect I’m not the only one who thinks this.

  2. Hobo Bob | March 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I think Amie Barrodale is a truly outstanding writer. Her style is honest, accurate, and direct in the most startling way. It really makes you wake up.

  3. Stephen Quidam | March 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Amie Barrodale’s style is the italicization of the word “had.” If one can find an abacus close to one’s computer then the computation necessary to compile the amount of times the word “I” is repeated—-I am not sure a blacksmith pounding on an anvil over an honest day’s work is as an incessant—-may possibly be configured for the effect of astounding one’s consciousness.
    To say her writing is “honest, accurate, and direct” is to say it’s bad. Style is not a Miss America pageant where a simple formulation of clichés is strung together—-string-tight and to the snapping point-—for the popular pleasure of the common philistine; and in this case of “modern story-telling” it’s the same crass banalities I read so often in C-grade literature: alcohol, drugs, pills, pornography, sex, anxiety, grimy apartment, gritty bedroom, television, take-out, and some pseudo-ironical moral apotheosis ending.
    “‘Sblood!” Eben Cooke cries.

  4. Tom | March 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I congratulate Amie Barrodale on the award. Excellent news.

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