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This week at The Paris Review, we’re thinking about newspapers, newsprint, television sets, and media. Read on for Gabriel García Márquez’s Art of Fiction interview, Peter Mountford’s short story “Pay Attention,” and Anne Waldman’s poem “How to Write.”
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Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69
Issue no. 82 (Winter 1981)
I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of a journalist. What I didn’t like about journalism before were the working conditions. Besides, I had to condition my thoughts and ideas to the interests of the newspaper. Now, after having worked as a novelist, and having achieved financial independence as a novelist, I can really choose the themes that interest me and correspond to my ideas. In any case, I always very much enjoy the chance of doing a great piece of journalism.
By Peter Mountford
Issue no. 223 (Winter 2017)
When she returns the following Tuesday, Bertram is watching CNN. There are two screens now: the one that’s right in front of his face and the television that’s been mounted on the wall all along. She sits and mutes the television. “You have more preloaded dialogue for me?”
How to Write
By Anne Waldman
Issue no. 45 (Winter 1968)
Perhaps I’m kidding myself about
the life I lead
Sometimes I feel I’m dying
like a lot of things I see around me
Then I turn on the TV and understand
that everything must still be moving
Music, for example, and I rush outside
around the corner to a concert
It’s so easy
Everything accessible from where I
happen to live at the moment …
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