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Singapore memories: film director Anthony Chen. 'The messiness, the chaos, the colour... this for me is home' – video

Anthony Chen, Joseph Matthews, Michael Aaglund, Roger Goula, Michael Tait

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

The Great Translator

Matt Beyer sat watching TV as his hometown Milwaukee Bucks drafted 7-foot Yi Jianlian no. 6 overall. It was the 2007 NBA draft, and he can still …

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 …

Paris Review - John Berryman, The Art of Poetry No. 16

Interviewed by Peter A. Stitt<p>Issue 53, Winter 1972<p>On a Sunday afternoon in late July 1970, John Berryman gave a reading of his poems in a small “people's park” in Minneapolis near the west bank campus of the University of Minnesota. Following the reading, I reintroduced myself—we hadn't seen each …

Paris Review - James Wright, The Art of Poetry No. 19

Interviewed by Peter A. Stitt<p>Issue 62, Summer 1975<p>Early in 1972—following the publication, in April 1971, of his Collected Poems—James Wright was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets. The latter was awarded “for distinguished poetic …

Paris Review - Letter from Majorca

J. D. Daniels<p>Issue 201, Summer 2012<p>Let’s suppose you are a serious person, or you transmit to yourself certain conventional signals of a sort of seriousness: you reread Tacitus, you attempt to reread Proust but it can’t be done, you listen to Bartók and to Archie Shepp.<p>Also: You can’t stop moving …

Poetry Daily: The Rain, by Dorothea Lasky

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Paris Review - Walker Percy, The Art of Fiction No. 97

Interviewed by Zoltán Abádi-Nagy<p>Issue 103, Summer 1987<p>Walker Percy and Patrick Samway, S.J., at the Percy home in Covington, LA. ca. 1978.<p>This interview was conducted by mail, from May to October, 1986, at an enormous geographical distance; but the interviewer does cherish the memory of a personal …

Paris Review - Mario Vargas Llosa, The Art of Fiction No. 120

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell and Ricardo Augusto Setti<p>Issue 116, Fall 1990<p>Mario Vargas Llosa, ca. 2011. Photograph by Arild Vågen<p>In this interview Mario Vargas Llosa speaks of the inviolable mornings he spends in his office writing, seven days a week. In the fall of 1988, however, he decided …

Happy Birthday, Donald Barthelme

By Dan Piepenbring April 7, 2014<p>Arts & Culture<p>Donald Barthelme would have celebrated his birthday today had he not died in 1989. It would be an exaggeration to say that I feel the absence of someone I never met—someone who died when I was three—but I do wonder, with something more than mere …

James Franco artistically explores the perils of social media by hitting on teenager

Forever challenging society’s sexual mores, James Franco’s latest attempt to penetrate rarely explored spaces involved trying to pick up a …

Love in a Time of Public Transportation

What It's Like When You Are Desperate for a New Life

“One thing was certain: neither Youssef nor Rashid, nor Anoush nor Shahla, were going to get to the place they believed they were going. Rashid would …

Casey N. Cep on Ariel Levy’s ‘Thanksgiving in Mongolia’

<i>Casey N. Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.</i><p>There is a …

Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course

He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he pivoting away from MOOCs? “We don’t educate people as others wished, or as I wished,” Thrun says.<p>There’s a story going around college campuses–whispered …

MOOCs

The 40-Year Slump

The steady stream of Watergate revelations, President Richard Nixon’s twists and turns to fend off disclosures, the impeachment hearings, and finally …

What It's Like to Fail

Editor's note: The following is the personal story of David Raether, a former comedy writer for the sitcom Roseanne who later became homeless. It is …

Unaccompanied Miners - Bolivia's Cerro Rico Mine

Jackson and I were on a mission to find child miners. Jackson was nervous, with good reason—sixty kids died from cave-ins and other accidents in the Cerro Rico in 2008 alone. In a country as poor as Bolivia, just because tourists—or children—are...<p><i>Jose Luis and his cousin, young laborers who work</i> …

South America

Elizabeth Gilbert and the Art of Ignoring Rejection

“I was just so committed, and I did have six years of rejection letters. And it really didn’t break my heart. Some of them made me really excited …

Colson Whitehead on Gen X, Friendship and The Best Skill a Writer Can Have

“It was 1991. We’d just been diagnosed as Generation X, and certainly we had all the symptons, our designs and life plans as scrawny and undeveloped …

Watching Movies in Iran

“Our conversation turns to the movie <i>Shrek</i>. Nahal loves <i>Shrek</i> so much that she’s seen the first installment of the DreamWorks trilogy ‘at least …