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Ur-Fascism

In 1942, at the age of ten, I received the First Provincial Award of Ludi Juveniles (a voluntary, compulsory competition for young Italian …

Political Science

Paris Review - Susan Sontag, The Art of Fiction No. 143

Interviewed by Edward Hirsch<p>Issue 137, Winter 1995<p>Susan Sontag lives in a sparsely furnished five-room apartment on the top floor of a building in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. Books—as many as fifteen thousand—and papers are everywhere. A lifetime could be spent browsing through the books …

Literature

A Bibliophile's Defense of Physical Books

The committed bibliophile is cousin to the obsessive, an easily seduced accumulator frequently struck with frisson. Cram your home with books, and …

Paris Review - Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1

Interviewed by Michiko Kakutani<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Woody Allen, ca. 1969. <i>Take the Money and Run</i><p>As New Yorkers know, Woody Allen is one of its more ubiquitous citizens—at courtside in Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks, at Michael’s Pub on Monday evenings playing the clarinet, on occasion at …

Literature

Paris Review - Julian Barnes, The Art of Fiction No. 165

Interviewed by Shusha Guppy<p>Issue 157, Winter 2000<p>Photograph by Ellen Warner<p>Julian Barnes lives with his wife Pat Kavanagh, a literary agent, in an elegant house with a beautiful garden in north London. The long library where the interview was conducted is spacious and quiet. Overlooking the garden, …

Literature

Paris Review - Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84

Interviewed by Hermione Lee<p>Issue 93, Fall 1984<p>Courtesy of Philip Roth<p>I met Philip Roth after I had published a short book about his work for the Methuen Contemporary Writers Series. He read the book and wrote me a generous letter. After our first meeting, he sent me the fourth draft of <i>The Anatomy</i> …

Literature

Paris Review - James M. Cain, The Art of Fiction No. 69

Interviewed by David Zinsser<p>Issue 73, Spring-Summer 1978<p>Author James M. Cain and fan, circa 1950s.<p>James M. Cain, best known as the author of <i>The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity,</i> and <i>Mildred Pierce,</i> was born in Maryland in 1892. After an army career and early aspirations of becoming a …

Literature

Paris Review - Michel Houellebecq, The Art of Fiction No. 206

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell<p>Issue 194, Fall 2010<p>Michel Houellebecq and Iggy Pop in 2009.<p>“Do you like the Stooges?” Michel Houellebecq asked me on the second day of our interview. He put down his electric cigarette (it glowed red when he inhaled, producing steam instead of smoke) and rose …

Literature

Paris Review - Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182

Interviewed by John Wray<p>Issue 170, Summer 2004<p>The author at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.<p>Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels …

Literature

Paris Review - James Ellroy, The Art of Fiction No. 201

Interviewed by Nathaniel Rich<p>Issue 190, Fall 2009<p>Ellroy in 2008.<p>Reading James Ellroy’s novels, it’s tempting to imagine the sixty-one-year-old author as a hyperactive, shotgun-toting, trash-talking connoisseur of crime, women, and American history, the kind of guy who pals around with homicide …

Literature

Paris Review - Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69

Interviewed by Peter H. Stone<p>Issue 82, Winter 1981<p>Gabriel García Márquez was interviewed in his studio/office located just behind his house in San Angel Inn, an old and lovely section, full of the spectacularly colorful flowers of Mexico City. The studio is a short walk from the main house. A low …

Literature

Two Ways of Looking: The Cahiers/Positif Dialectic

1. Michel Ciment, ‘Bloc-notes’, <i>Positif</i>, no. 300 (February 1986), p. 109.<p>This is just one example of a clash between the two magazines and their …

Art

Michel Houellebecq Defends His Controversial New Novel

By Sylvain Bourmeau January 2, 2015<p>Photo by Sylvain Bourmeau<p><i>It’s 2022, and France is living in fear. The country is roiled by mysterious troubles. Regular episodes of urban violence are deliberately obscured by the media. Everything is covered up, the public is in the dark … and in a few months the</i> …

Religion