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To celebrate today’s holiday, we bring you an excerpt from our latest Paris Review Editions book, The Writer’s Chapbook: A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice from “The Paris Review” Interviews. These quotes are pulled from the ch…
This week, as the media explored the unholy alliance between politics and sensationalist right-wing journalism, I took it on as my civic responsibility to consume bottom-of-the-barrel tabloids. On Wednesday, the former Playboy model Karen McDougal …
My friends are tired. / The ones who are married are tired / of being married. / The ones who are single are tired / of being single.
“Another thing I need to do, when I'm near the end of the book, is sleep in the same room with it. . . . Somehow the book doesn't leave you when you're asleep right next to it.”
In 1998, when I was a writer for Vibe magazine (which was the leading black culture journal), I went to London to interview the trip-hop kings Massive Attack. They were preparing to release their third album, the beautifully complex and brooding Me…
. . . or somebody’s going to get hurt. / For my sake, however, keep pealing to a minimum. / We’ll need the firewood you can pick up on the shore / of that lake.
Not long ago, I was chatting with an older friend who is a retired engineer and also something of a writer, but not of fiction. When he heard that I had just finished a translation of Madame Bovary, he said something like, “But Madame Bovary has already been translated. Why does there need to be another translation?”
They lived like Shakers, with a slight difference: they didn’t leave anything out, and they didn’t let anyone in.