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Pictures from Our 2016 Spring Revel

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The Revel

Lydia Davis

Our Spring Revel was this Tuesday, and we have the pictures to prove it.

Hundreds convened at Cipriani 42nd Street to honor Lydia Davis with the Hadada Award. She received it from her high school classmate Errol Morris—“We played in the high school orchestra together,” she explained, “and he played the cello, and I played the violin. And I don’t know how well he played the cello, but I know I didn’t play the violin very well. So we were promising young musicians together.” Morris expressed a particular fondness for her essay on translating Madame Bovary, calling it “one of my favorite things ever.”

Davis’s speech was entirely improvised—or nearly entirely. She’d found herself “scrawling little notes in very small handwriting on a jiggling train” to New York, she said. Her husband, Alan Cote, attempted some encouragement, she told the crowd: “ ‘You know, Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the train.’ And I told him, Yes, that was probably easier.”

John Guare took the stage to award Chris Bachelder the Terry Southern Prize for Humor. Bachelder regaled the crowd with a story of the Review’s fact-checking prowess—suffice to say he’ll never again forget which pole the penguins come from. (Hint: not the North Pole.) He told us,

One of the paradoxes of the writing life is that, as you gain experience, you actually have fewer paths forward, and fewer habitable stances, and one stance that I find currently habitable is a kind of grave playfulness. And that’s a stance, among others, that The Paris Review supports and has always supported. And I think you can take that from a guy wearing a suit holding a model airplane.

David Szalay received the Plimpton Prize for Fiction from Rachel Kushner. “He may be new to me, and to the pages of The Paris Review,” she said, “but he’s a fully developed writer, whose wisdom, skill, and precision, whose sardonic wit, all come through wonderfully, leaving no awkward seams of labor or vanity.”

Take a look at the photos below—and we hope to see you next year!

Photos by Clint Spaulding / © Patrick McMullan / PatrickMcMullan.com 

Charlotte de Anda, Michael de Anda== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Charlotte de Anda, Michael de Anda

The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel

Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Brigitte Lacombe, John Guare

David Carnoy, Kyra Barry== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

David Carnoy, Kyra Barry

Maggie Towles, Amor Towles== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Maggie Towles, Amor Towles

Deepak Narula, Anju Narula== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Deepak Narula, Anju Narula

Dan Allen, Lilla, Ken Hirsch== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Dan Allen, Lilla Horvath, Ken Hirsh

Alyssa Reeder, Rachel Tashjian, Nate Freeman== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Alyssa Reeder, Rachel Tashjian, Nate Freeman

Claire Williams, Charlotte Strick

Sam Lipsyte, ?, Adam Wilson== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Sam Lipsyte, Sarah Rapp, Adam Wilson

William Roseoff, Beverly Roseoff== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

William Roseoff, Beverly Roseoff

Mona Simpson, Sadie Stein

Ariel Schulman, Caitlin Youngquist

Emma Cline, Ben Metcalf== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Emma Cline, Ben Metcalf

Tom Bean, Suzanne Lenz, Nicole Rudick== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Tom Bean, Suzanne Lenz, Nicole Rudick

Darragh McKeon, Ian Seiter== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Darragh McKeon, Ian Seiter

Dan Piepenbring, Natasha Stagg== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Dan Piepenbring, Natasha Stagg

Leanne Shapton, Thessaly La Force

Megan Reid, Jackie Wachter, Kate Barry== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Megan Reid, Jackie Wachter, Kate Barry

Russ Titelman, Lakendra Tookes, Larry Sloman== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Russ Titelman, Lakendra Tookes, Larry Sloman

Naomi Bernstien, Vicky Iovine, Hailey Gates, David Coiro== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Naomi Bernstein, Vicky Iovine, Hailey Gates, David Coiro

Susannah Hunnewell, Jan Baracz

Liberty Aldrige, Meredith Wright== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Liberty Aldrich, Meredith Wright

Suzanne Vega, Gay Talese, Sarah Plimpton== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Suzanne Vega, Gay Talese, Sarah Dudley Plimpton

Hamilton Morris, Julia Sheehan, Erroll Morris== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Hamilton Morris, Julia Sheehan, Errol Morris

Jason Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Daniel Kehlman, Jeffrey Eugenides

Norman Rush, Elsa Rush

Lydia Davis, Denise Shannon== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Lydia Davis, Denise Shannon

Terry McDonell== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Terry McDonell

Rachel Kushner== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Rachel Kushner

David Szalay== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

David Szalay

John Guare

Chris Bachelder== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Chris Bachelder

Nick Laird, Zadie Smith== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Nick Laird, Zadie Smith

Chris Bachelder, Matt Weiland== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Chris Bachelder, Matt Weiland

Errol Morris== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Errol Morris

Atmosphere== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Atmosphere

Atmosphere== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Atmosphere

Atmosphere== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Atmosphere== The Paris Review 2016 Spring Revel== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== April 5, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Clint Spaulding/PMC==

Atmosphere