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Paris Review - Little Expressionless Animals

David Foster Wallace<p>Issue 106, Spring 1988<p>It’s 1976. The sky is low and full of clouds. The grey clouds are bulbous and wrinkled and shiny. The sky looks cerebral. Under the sky is a field, in the wind. A pale highway runs beside the field. Lots of cars go by. One of the cars stops by the side of …

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Paris Review - Kurt Vonnegut, The Art of Fiction No. 64

Interviewed by David Hayman, David Michaelis, George Plimpton, Richard Rhodes<p>Issue 69, Spring 1977<p>Kurt Vonnegut, ca. 1972. Photograph by PBS<p>This interview with Kurt Vonnegut was originally a composite of four interviews done with the author over the past decade. The composite has gone through an …

Literature

The Patron Saint of Writers and Journalists

By Dan Piepenbring January 24, 2014<p>Arts & Culture<p>Today is the feast day of Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists. A bishop of Geneva, Francis died in 1622. He was fond of using flyers and books to convert Calvinists—hence his patronage, though one can imagine him just as …

Paris Review - David McCullough, The Art of Biography No. 2

Interviewed by Elizabeth Gaffney and Benjamin Ryder Howe<p>Issue 152, Fall 1999<p>David McCullough<p>“Nothing good was ever written in a large room,” David McCullough says, and so his own office has been reduced to a windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. Known as “the bookshop,” the …

Literature

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Paris Review - Writers, Quotes, Biography, Interviews, Artists

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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 - William Styron, The Art of Fiction No. 5

Interviewed by Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton<p>Issue 5, Spring 1954<p>William Styron, 1954.<p>William Styron is the first of the ‘young writers’ to be interviewed by this magazine. He was born 28 years ago in Newport News, Virginia, a section he grew up in and which provided the locale for his first …

Literature

Notes from a Bookshop: February, or the Folly of Love

By Kelly McMasters February 12, 2013<p>Sitting alone in my tiny bookshop on a cold February morning, I have the sensation that I’ve conjured a dream into reality. The light is crisp and blue through the door. A flight of red paper swallows—a Valentine homage to Chaucer’s poem “The Parliament of …

James Salter: the forgotten hero of American literature

Eight years ago, the writer James Salter received a telephone call out of the blue from an admirer: an American general who had loved his novel <i>The Hunters</i>so much he had ordered copies of it for all his group commanders. The general asked Salter, a former US air force pilot, if he would be …

After Long Wait, Novelist James Salter Shares 'All That Is'

On the list of great postwar American male novelists — along with Philip Roth, Norman Mailer and John Updike — is James Salter.<p>With the publication of his first book in 1957, he won the admiration of writers and critics alike. But after 1979, his production slowed. Salter still wrote — essays, …

Paris Review - James Salter, The Art of Fiction No. 133

Interviewed by Edward Hirsch<p>Issue 127, Summer 1993<p>James Salter is a consummate storyteller. His manners are precise and elegant; he has a splendid New York accent; he runs his hands through his gray hair and laughs boyishly. At sixty-seven he has the fitness of an ex-military man. He tells …

Literature

James Salter: 'Last Night'

James Salter has a very distinct style of writing fiction…how to describe it…precise? Minimalist? Sometimes hard to follow? He often zooms in on …

James Salter and All That Is: The brilliant new book from one of America’s greatest novelists.

It is one of the eccentricities of American publishing that James Salter has not been widely embraced as a great writer. His books are as good as …

The Best of the Best Books List: 2013 Critics’ Top Picks

What do critics think are the year’s top books? No need to take our word for what to read or give—we’ve aggregated everyone’s lists (40 of them) to …

Brian Payton - The Wind Is Not a River - Book Review

Losing a loved one to the chaos of war would be devastating enough, but lingering doubt as to whether a husband were alive or dead could slowly …

Books

Penguin Random House Canada

Though its global corporate history extends back to 1838, Penguin Random House Canada was established, in its current incarnation, in July 2013, as a …

18 books to watch for in 2014

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

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Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates – review

There is no doubt that Joyce Carol Oates is an adept and fluent writer. Since publishing her first novel in 1964, she has written over 40 more, three of them published last year. She is a rare example of a prolific author who has managed to maintain her reputation as a serious literary novelist. As …

A Writer Should Always Feel Like He's In Over His Head

As a novelist, I learned long ago that my interest in talking about how very difficult it is to write fiction exceeds almost everybody's interest in …

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50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

It’s a new year, and resolutions are flying left and right — although, it <i>has</i> been two weeks, so certain pledges have probably already crashed and …

Literature

Most Anticipated: The Great 2014 Book Preview

Last year offered many treats for readers: long-awaited new books by <b>Donna Tartt</b> and <b>Norman Rush</b>; the emergence of <b>Rachel Kushner</b> as a literary …

RYO Review: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I loved Vonnegut in high school. In my Modern American Lit class, we read <i>God Bless</i> <i>You, Mr. Rosewater</i>, <i>Welcome to the Monkeyhouse</i>, and of course</i> …

“I Forgot to Remember”: Living with amnesia

A woman who lost all memories from the first 22 years of her life describes what it’s like to rebuild yourself<p>Laura Miller<p>February 2, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>"She never knew me, and I know nothing of her except what people have told me. She rebelled; I conform. She broke rules; I follow them. She drank …

The 10 Places on My Bucket List This Year (It Will Surprise You)

No, I haven't been everywhere, and some places I don't go to because I'm a conscientious objector (Zimbabwe, anyone?) but I can still dream. And plan. Because dictators, xenophobia and being broke wont last forever! Besides -- what better way to spend a slow, freezing Saturday than to dream about …

A brunch-lover’s guide to New York City

Ahh, brunch. One part omelette, two parts mimosa, three parts coffee – life’s sweet distraction when the workweek is nigh. Though not a uniquely New York 'thing' <i>per se</i>, there’s no other city that takes its breakfast-lunch combustion quite as seriously as the Big Apple and every visitor should take …

World's Most Overpriced Travel Destinations

Think of your vacation budget. Now add a few zeros. Excellent, now you're ready for the world's most overpriced travel destinations, places with tremendous appeal and intimidating price tags. But here's the good news: Great deals do exist in every one of these destinations. We've rounded up some of …