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An Object Lesson: Beware of Getting Out of Touch

September 18, 2012 | by

Publisher’s Weekly called it “a kind of mini-M.F.A.”

In Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, we asked twenty masters of the medium to choose their favorite short stories from our sixty-year archive, and write an introduction. The result is a series of “object lessons” in the art of short fiction, a look back at our incredible history, and, not incidentally, a terrific read.

Can you guess who wrote the following selection?

“Beware of getting out of touch,” his therapist had warned. “It happens gradually. It creeps over you by degrees. When you’re not interacting with people, you start losing the beat. Then blammo. Suddenly, you’re that guy in the yard.”

“I’m who?” asked Buddy.

“The guy with the too-short pants,” said the therapist.

Find out! And show your commitment to keeping the short story alive by purchasing a copy today!



  1. M Kuroiwa | September 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Happy to pre-order my copy but Amazon would only allow me to use my debit card, not my credit card.
    Last time I’ll purchase from Amazon.

  2. Sadie Stein | September 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Sorry about that! Thank you for trying – I promise you will enjoy the book!

  3. carlos | September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I’m going on a limb and say thats from sam lipsyte… I’m never going to get this in mexico could you send one along just for kick. ponganse la del puebla

  4. Anna | September 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hey! Will there be a release party! I wanna go!! 🙂

  5. Jason | September 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Will the ebook be available outside the kindle store? /crosses fingers

  6. Adam T. | October 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I am going to buy this on my lunch break.

  7. Jason | October 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    The ebook (which is in-fact available from every ebook store I’ve checked, it’s not a kindle exclusive) is fantastic. Apart from the stories and introductions which are all first rate, the formatting, indexing, and just overall quality of the ebook are incredible. For too many publishers their ebooks are treated like an afterthought, full of typos and formatting issues. Its delightful to see a high quality digital version of this book for all of us people who are making the effort to be green, and are weaning ourselves off analog books. 🙂

  8. Stuart Bogue | October 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

    @Jason..I love my Kindle.It allows me to keep a steady stream of library books(and the occasional purchase) on hand while I am traveling in Europe.But I find it sorely lacking for these kinds of Collections and other books which I choose to refer back to,skip around in,consult upon,seek inspiration from and basically feel a talisman like connection with…

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