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“Don’t ask the city who killed it. Those who killed it were those who ruled it. Beirut knows this, and all of you k…“I am very good at complaining.” —Lydia Davis“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t thin… @jamelbrinkley, Margaret Jull Costa, and @Bud_Smith are reading this summer.“In my experience, if you give money away it comes back double. Anyway, it is better giving it to your children tha…“I only write for publication. I don’t keep a journal, I don’t keep a diary.” —Luc Sante“Sewing a wig strand by strand is called ventilating,” writes Sabrina @OrahMark. “I watch a tutorial. With a needle…“Did Faulkner tell you that what he was drinking all the time was really iced tea, not whiskey? Please. Who the fuc…“One can’t write unless one lives, and living means also dealing with the post-office employees, driving in the rus… years of ‘The Paris Review.’ 57 years of @nybooks. $99, together. Subscribe now:“The explosion that turned your city to rubble was neither coincidence nor mere accident. It was your truth that yo…“When one wants to be profoundly oneself, which is the case in a poem, one puts oneself on a plane that is at least…“i have gathered my losses into a spray of pain; my parents, my brother, my husband, my innocence all clustered tog…“Cinema is an art without justice. If you are a writer and a film director wants to adapt your work, you should acc… on Couches returns! In this installment, Suzanne Buffam and Srikanth Reddy read a Max Jacob poem about a bust…“I still don’t really know where a book comes from, like a child doesn’t know where babies come from.” —Rachel Cusk“The Fish’s Desire” by Shuzo Takiguchi -“Everybody’s in the middle of a story. So you just have to write the ending.” —Paula Fox“Manchette’s protagonists are isolatoes. Georges Gerfault in ‘Three to Kill,’ Julie Ballanger in ‘The Mad and the B…“To be young in a time like that was incredible luck—young and in Paris.” —Archibald MacLeish“Even now I have a huge resistance to getting to work, perhaps because my body knows how exhausting and shaming it’…“I have been married twice, neither time in Venice. It is perhaps not adequate to say that the marriages have not l…“Capital is really time, and if we heirs to the great essay fortune—that’s a joke—had more time, I think the work w…“I don’t like people who ask you to follow or believe. I like people who ask you to think independently.” —A. S. By…“It would be easy to summarize ‘Being Lolita’ as a memoir about a toxic, exploitative relationship between a high s…“The idea of getting bad reviews is not nearly as bad as getting no reviews, frankly.” —Jim Harrison“It’s been refreshing to revisit June Jordan, who cuts through all the nonsense to show what is truly at stake with…“Beirut is not its past. Beirut is its present. It bleeds blood, not honor,” writes Elias Khoury.“I only became a novelist because I thought I had missed my chance to ­become a historian.” —Hilary Mantel“Standing aside, he studied the enormous female spider tattooed on the girl’s back … he realized that in this work…“Writing is, literally, brain surgery.” —Mark Leyner
“What did I need money for, when I had friends.” —Henry Miller for a Friday night movie? A suggestion: our own streaming offering, the documentary ‘Plimpton!’“A poet should establish a whole new set of possibilities for the reader and for him- or herself.” —J. H. Prynne“Possibly out of a desire (or need) to escape the modern COVID-ridden world, I’ve been revisiting Jane Austen,” Mar…“In Australian stories we trust loss and we are very suspicious of success.” —Peter Carey“There is nothing like a potent amalgam of mystery and mayhem to make the whole world kin.”“I like the paper. Writing, like every art, is a sensual art.” —Aharon Appelfeld“Don’t ask the city who killed it. Those who killed it were those who ruled it. Beirut knows this, and all of you k…“I’m not terribly interested in storytelling, and few books appeal to me on the grounds of their subject matter. Wh…“We know this now: that grief accentuates feeling in all directions, especially those poles of euphoria and despair…“The inhabitation of frailty and precarity—conditionedness—is one of the things I think is going on in my writing,…“What I would like to recommend is what most of you will not see. Vilnius has a new museum for contemporary art.”“You know you’ll never make it, but what’s the fun if you don’t shoot for the top?” —Ursula K. Le Guin“I really want stories that are rippers in the old sense.” —Barry Hannah“The explosion that turned your city to rubble was neither coincidence nor mere accident. It was your truth that yo…“A story can be like a mad, lovely visitor, with whom you spend a rather exciting weekend.” —Lorrie Moore“After you we murdered each other We judged for love and while our hearts sat uneasily in our pockets we judged in…“I write in longhand. I am accustomed to that proximity, that feel of writing.” —James Salter @jamelbrinkley, Margaret Jull Costa, and @Bud_Smith are reading this summer. Crisis Cliché -“I understand now that the impulse to write again came from my finally beginning to understand that an attraction t…“Night of the Armadillo” by Yusef Komunyakaa -“Life is shapeless, but art, as everybody knows, is shaped.” —Stanley Elkin“You have the scenes, but it’s your job to make the reader feel the desperation. How do you do that?” —Robert Caro“Handwriting or typing or word processing—they’re not like sticking your hands into clay.” —Donald Hall“In the sixteenth century, there was a widespread belief that if a pregnant woman’s cravings weren’t satisfied, the…“I do have this immense feeling toward the past. That’s the country I come from, you know.” —Luc Sante“I usually write the first draft in a sort of stream-of-consciousness way … I let it all go through.” —Jan Morris you missed tonight’s conversation with @jenniferlcroft, you can still watch it on the Paris Review Instagram—fea…“If I have an ethics, it is simply to be true.” —Henri Cole“Did you know,” says my sister, “that in Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Rapunzel lives inside a kingdom called Corona.” “That c…“France was then a welcoming country, which is hard to imagine in the present climate.” —Tahar Ben Jelloun“She was eighty-six years old and had learned that life was all chaos and painful uncertainty and that the only way…“I said in the preface to ‘Shikasta’ that if you read the Old Testament and the New Testament and the Apocrypha and… you miss our conversation on the @parisreview Instagram with the brilliant @jenniferlcroft? You can still watch…
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“I look upon literature as an art, and I believe that if you misuse it or abuse it, it will leave you. It is not a…“Other than Disney, in no version of Rapunzel is Rapunzel’s hair magical. It can’t bring back the dead, or heal a b…“I never knew anyone who had a passion for words who had as much difficulty in saying things as I do and I very sel…“It’s not the giving up of the writing that I fear. It’s the giving up of this excitement or whatever it is that yo…“A novel is really like a symphony, you know, where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and…“I cut off all my hair. A twelve-inch braid long enough for nobody to climb. I throw the braid in the trash and the…“At the core, where the major action is, lives the person who is writing and investigating.” —John Edgar Wideman“If they occupy your country, you resist.” —Elias Khoury new Happily is up today ⁦@parisreview⁩ / this one on hair, and Rapunzel, and being alive felt nearly impossible.
Retweeted by The Paris Review“I knew I wanted to be creative, and one day I just started writing.” —Walter Mosley Buffam and Srikanth Reddy read Elizabeth Bishop's translation of Max Jacob's “Ravignan Street” for…
Retweeted by The Paris Review“Sewing a wig strand by strand is called ventilating,” writes Sabrina @OrahMark. “I watch a tutorial. With a needle… you Suzanne Buffam and Chicu Reddy for this lovely Poets on Couches video!
Retweeted by The Paris ReviewTonight! Tune in to the ‘Paris Review’ Instagram at 7 p.m. EST for a live conversation with translator and writer…“The poet is like a mouse in an enormous cheese excited by how much cheese there is to eat.”—Czeslaw Milosz“For me, being political is discussing literature.” —Dany Laferrière“Over there, over there, the bombs fall from air—Bombs on North Vietnam, rumor of the wounded damned—Hell fires, st…“The longer you stayed away, the harder it was to return. It wasn’t unlike sex, love, or the gym.” From “The Duple…“The fact that my past was ‘missing’ proved crucial.” —Wright Morris“I don’t like travel books, as I said before. I don’t believe in them as a genre of literature.” —Jan Morris“[Pindar Says the Poet Must Guard the Apples of the Muses]” by Antonella Anedda -“I got my courage for the way I write stories from first writing poems.” —Grace Paley“For years, there were opportunities that I didn’t fully accept because I didn’t know how, but there were people sa…“How an older person looks back at their own life, maybe reassessing or reinventing, is a key thing in all biograph…“I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten…“The question is, How do you get to an authentic emotional place?” —Claudia Rankine this series of videograms, poets read and discuss the poems getting them through these strange times—broadcastin…“The question is not who influences you, but which people give you courage.” —Hilary Mantel“He doesn’t see solitude as something to be remedied—rather, it’s a given, like the beer he drinks, the cassoulet h…“Emily Dickinson is one of the greatest poets we have, and I don’t mean ‘we’ merely in America. I mean she is one o…“It’s 1976. The sky is low and full of clouds. The grey clouds are bulbous and wrinkled and shiny. The sky looks ce…“The frame of the novel and of the world is anthropocentric. But if I have to choose between the universe without a…
“There is no theory to our business. From the academic perspective, this is unacceptable. And most biographers are…“In some sense the novel is an omnium-gatherum, a cabinet of wonders containing all of Manchette’s favored objects:…