Paris Review Archive

The Best Essay I Read This Month: “Barbara, Wanda,” By Nathalie Leger

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It’s generally a mark of good writing when a writer is able to render something compelling, even intimate, despite nothing actually happening, plot-wise. Nathalie Leger’s contemplative “Barbara, Wanda,” in the the Fall 2016 Paris Review, is a testament to this kind of understatement.

The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Freedom” by Rachel Cusk

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In “Freedom,” Rachel Cusk explores the difficult task of attaining independence, both from the perspective of those who already have it and those who do not.

Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge Peter Orner Little, Brown and Co., August 2013 208 pages $25.00 This review was contributed by John Francisconi. The staff of The Paris Review recently took part in an AMA interview on Reddit, during which they were asked a question about flash fiction’s

Self-Help Seduction

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There are certain books we all hide. You know them. The ones purchased late at night when no one we know is in the bookstore. Or better yet, ordered from Amazon for further anonymity. These are books we don’t want anyone to know we read, certainly not our literary

Social Media in a Literary World

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Although the Irish playwright wasn’t aware of social media at the time, one could argue that his observation is even more valid in a time where we think more and

Roundup: MFA-ccident? Or Worth It?

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In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we have posts on MFA programs. Okay, so

Roundup: Writing Dialogue

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In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we have posts on writing