The Paris Review No. 209, Summer 2014

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Joy Williams on the art of fiction: “The story knows itself better than the writer does at some point, knows what’s being said before the writer figures out how to say it.” Henri Cole on the art of poetry: “In truth, I’m still slightly embarrassed to say, I am a poet. I’d rather say, I make poems.”

The third installment of a novel by Rachel Cusk. New fiction from Zadie Smith, J. D. Daniels, Ottessa Moshfegh, Garth Greenwell, and Shelly Oria. An essay by Andrea Barrett.

Poems by Jane Hirshfield, Les Murray, Ange Mlinko, Charles Simic, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Adam Kirsch, Nick Laird, and Henri Cole. A portfolio of dog drawings by Raymond Pettibon.

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Table of Contents


Rachel Cusk, Outline: Part 3

J. D. Daniels, Close Encounters

Garth Greenwell, Gospodar

Ottessa Moshfegh, No Place for Good People

Shelly Oria, My Wife, in Converse

Zadie Smith, Big Week  Full Text


Henri Cole, The Art of Poetry No. 98

Joy Williams, The Art of Fiction No. 223  Full Text


Henri Cole, Three Poems

Thomas Sayers Ellis, Polo Goes to the Moon

Jane Hirshfield, A Cottony Fate

Adam Kirsch, My Wife in Joy and Sorrow, 1911

Nick Laird, Watermelon Seed

Ange Mlinko, Two Poems

Les Murray, A Denizen

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Two Poems

Charles Simic, Four Poems


Raymond Pettibon, Real Dogs in Space


Andrea Barrett, Dust

In Memory

Terry McDonell, Peter Matthiessen 1927-2014  Full Text