The Paris Review No. 217, Summer 2016

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Jay McInerney on the Art of Fiction: “You can’t always write well, and sometimes you can’t write at all, but if you’re not there at your desk trying, then you won’t succeed.” Dag Solstad on the Art of Fiction: “If I didn’t nail the first sentence, I don’t think I could have written the book.”

New fiction by Alexia Arthurs, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Rachel Cusk, Benjamin Nugent, Gerald Murnane, and Rafil Kroll-Zaidi.

Poems by Adonis, Danielle Blau, Eliza Griswold, Golan Haji, Devin Johnston, Jana Prikryl, Frederick Seidel, and Monica Youn.

Essays by Renee Gladman; and a portfolio curated by Charlotte Strick and Leanne Shapton

About this issue’s contributors

Table of Contents


Alexia Arthurs, Bad Behavior

Bonnie Jo Campbell, Down

Rachel Cusk, Freedom

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Lifeguards

Gerald Murnane, From Border Districts

Benjamin Nugent, The Treasurer


Jay McInerney, The Art of Fiction No. 231

Dag Solstad, The Art of Fiction No. 230


Adonis, From Elegy for the Times  Full Text

Danielle Blau, I Am the Perennial Head of This One-person Subcutaneous Wrecking Crew

Eliza Griswold, ISIS & Friends

Golan Haji, Another House

Devin Johnston, Thrown Object

Devin Johnston, Prince

Jana Prikryl, Ontario Gothic

Frederick Seidel, To Mac Griswold

Monica Youn, Redacre

Monica Youn, Goldacre  Full Text

Monica Youn, Quinta del Sordo

Monica Youn, Greenacre


Charlotte Strick & Leanne Shapton, Swimming Lessons


Renee Gladman, Five Things


David Szalay, Writing All That Man Is: An exchange  Full Text