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Eyes Have It

October 29, 2013 | by

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My high school had a volunteer program with a local children’s home, and periodically we would throw holiday parties and carnivals. For some reason I was usually working the craft table and we always had the kids make sock puppets. It wasn’t that anyone was under the illusion sock puppets were especially fun, and after the first few, the kids could hardly have wanted more, because it was always the same group of kids. But one of my schoolmate’s fathers had a line in sock manufacturing and donated them, and in the grand tradition of gift horses, we didn’t look these in their gaping, sock-puppet maws. We didn’t have very good glue; sometimes you could sort of get a clump of yarn “hair” to stick to the top of the sock, but more often than not the Elmer’s-stiffened skein would fall off immediately and somehow manage to adhere to the table or your fingers. Because the googly eyes were self-adhesive, they were the best accessory. So we would force them to take home dozens of glue-smeared socks festooned with the rolling eyes of maddened stallions, and that was the community service requirement, and I suppose college admissions people looked at that, and thought something, or would have were it not there.

Here are classic books with googly eyes on them.

 

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The Worst Best Coloring Book Ever

January 29, 2013 | by

For the literary child—or inner child— in your life!

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Norman Mailer

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Joan Didion

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Joyce Carol Oates

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Brave New Turkeys: We Have a Winner!

December 10, 2012 | by

For our most recent contest, we asked you, dear readers, to create a festive, possibly dystopian, turkey from Aldous Huxley's handprint. You delivered. Below, without further ado, our favorites.

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Tote Contest: Now Extended!

June 1, 2012 | by

As readers of this space will recall, we’ve put out an open call: our next tote bag, a collaboration with the Strand Bookstore, will be designed by … you!

And due to overwhelming demand, we’re extending the deadline by a week. The deadline is now: Friday, June 8.

Get in touch with your inner graphic designer/illustrator and design a tote bag that features the original Paris Review logo (as seen on our homepage and the cover of the magazine) and remember to leave room for the Strand oval, too. You can incorporate old cover art, go all graphic, or dream up something completely your own. (For further inspiration, check out our current totes!) We want to know what the Review means to you!

  • Submission deadline: Friday, June 8, 2012
  • Find both logos here
  • Artwork maximum size: 10 inches by 10 inches
  • EPS vector format preferred; 300 dpi acceptable
  • Send your entry to contests@theparisreview.org
  • The winning design will be revealed at the inaugural event at the Strand on June 13, 2012.

    Top entries will be posted on the Paris Review Daily. The grand-prize winner will receive a Strand shopping spree and a year subscription to The Paris Review. Plus, of course, your tote.

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    Our New Tote, Designed By … You!

    May 14, 2012 | by

    It has long been a source of chagrin here at 62 White (and to George Plimpton before us) that our love for the Strand went unrequited.

    Though we whiled away our weekends amid their shelves, brought them armloads of books every time we moved, and always spent more than we got paid, the Strand refused to carry so much as a single copy of The Paris Review. We tried not to take it personally. We were told it was company policy—no magazines. But in our heart of hearts, we always knew we should be together. Was there no room for us in their sixteen miles of books?

    Now, all is right with the world. Starting June 13, not only can you purchase America’s finest literary quarterly at 13th and Broadway, but you can join us there, too, for a series of events featuring the best fiction, poetry, movies, actors, and readers we can find. It’ll be smart. It’ll be fun. And it will come with an original tote bag celebrating these two venerable New York institutions.

    And who, you ask, will design this tote? You, dear reader! That’s right: we're holding a contest. Get in touch with your inner graphic designer/illustrator. Here are the details:

    Design a bag that features the original Paris Review logo (as seen on our homepage and the cover of the magazine) and remember to leave room for the Strand oval, too. You can incorporate old cover art, go all-graphic, or dream up something completely your own. (For further inspiration, check out our current totes!) We want to know what the Review means to you!

  • Submission deadline: Monday, June 5, 2012
  • Artwork maximum size: 10 inches by 10 inches
  • EPS vector format preferred; 300 dpi acceptable
  • Send your entry to contests@theparisreview.org
  • The winning design will be revealed at the inaugural event at the Strand on June 13, 2012.

    Top entries will be posted on The Paris Review Daily. The grand-prize winner will receive a Strand shopping spree and a year subscription to The Paris Review. Plus, of course, your tote.

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