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This week, to celebrate the publication of The Writer’s Chapbook, the second volume from Paris Review Editions, we bring you a sampling of writers on writing.
Luisa Valenzuela, The Art of Fiction No. 170
Issue no. 160 (Winter 2001)
“Women come from the badlands of language. Women know a lot about ambivalence and ambiguity—which is why, I think, good, subtle political writing by women novelists is dismissed in Argentina. Women are expected to console, not disturb the readers.”
“I tell you, I am no more interested in poetry than the next fellow is. I mean, I can take it or leave it.”
“One definition of love
is the grocery list, its
of common needs, peculiar
tastes and settled arguments,
scratches of Morse code … ”
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