The Paris Review

The Paris Review

Quarterly literary magazine founded in 1953.

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“Life is a very bad novelist. It is chaotic and ludicrous.”—Javier Marías

Due to the company’s frantic production schedule, many of EC Comics’s early horror titles, including ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ had no typed script. Instead, the writer and artist Al Feldstein would write the stories directly onto the art boards.

“Writing requires maximum ambition, maximum audacity, and programmatic disobedience.” —Elena Ferrante

“The street, site of the most routine practicalities, such as shopping, is also a social laboratory in which all sorts of utopian potentialities can be tested.”

A few years ago, inspired by John James Audubon’s ornithological paintings, the artist Ida Applebroog began a series of works that foreground her longtime fascination with all things feathered.

“Our modern fairy tale about the seventeen-hour workday has been cooked up as consolation for the losers. Who are the majority, of course.”

“I am disciplined, hardworking. I have no superstitions. I conjure the perils.” —Elie Wiesel

Derek Walcott’s Art of Poetry interview is free this week. Find out what else we’ve unlocked:

“You create the work to exalt and celebrate a common humanity.” —August Wilson


“Off in a huff, I missed, almost, the moral of a dancer” From “The Center for the Performing Arts” by Aaron@Poochigian . Read more from Issue 231:

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“There are worse things than not receiving love. There are sadder stories than this. There are species going extinct, and a planet warming. I told myself: who are you to complain, you with these frivolous extracurricular needs?”

“I want to believe that the younger generation appreciates the beauty in the chaos and blur of translation, that they delight in extracting meaning from sounds that were perhaps once simply melted into the melody,” writes on poetry and . #BTS 

Zora Neale Hurston passed away on this day fifty-eight years ago. Read about when Alice Walker flew down to Florida and bought a headstone for Hurston’s unmarked grave:

“I saw that women don’t have to write about what men write about, or write what men think they want to read. I saw that women have whole areas of experience men don’t have—and that they’re worth writing and reading about.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

RIP Sam Shepard. “The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning.”

Rest in peace, Philip Roth. “There has to be some pleasure in this job, and that’s it. To go around in disguise. To act a character. To pass oneself off as what one is not. To pretend. The sly and cunning masquerade.”

“But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer?, I have to say no! I always was a writer.” Rest in peace, Ursula K. Le Guin.

William Faulkner’s tip for reading William Faulkner. Read his Art of Fiction interview here: .

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