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Michel Houellebecq and the Paris Shootings

At the center of Wednesday’s attack at the Paris headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is a new novel by the deeply controversial author Michel Houellebecq. This week, the novelist was featured on the illustrated cover of the paper dressed as a wizard, smoking a cigarette, and predicting: “In 2022, I do Ramadan.” Today his novel, the provocatively titled Submission, was released. Already stirring outrage in the French media, it imagines a Muslim president in France during the year 2022. … Read More

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100 Years Later, What Have We Learned From James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’?

Twelve years ago, I inadvertently began a literary ritual that I’ve kept alive to this day. It was late in the first term of my freshman year of college, and I’d been assigned to lead a discussion on James Joyce’s “The Dead,” the devastating final story in his collection Dubliners. Never having read it, I was unaware of the symbolic importance of snow in the story. It happened to be the first snowfall of the year, and by the time I reached the book’s end, my romantic, teenaged soul swooned along with Gabriel’s, as he heard “the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” So, as embarrassing as it is to admit, I now re-read “The Dead” on the first snowfall of every year. … Read More

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12 Things We Learned From Matthew Weiner’s ‘Paris Review’ Interview

In The Paris Review‘s storied history, they’ve only done four in-depth interviews on the art of screenwriting: Billy Wilder, John Gregory Dunne, Terry Southern, and now Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner have all weighed in on the delicate art of writing for the screen. Weiner’s interview was the highlight of the spring 2014 issue, and it’s now online in its entirety. (One of a plethora of Matthew Weiner articles out there: do check out his By the Book column in The New York Times Book Review, too.) Here are some facts and writing advice that we’ve picked up from Mad Men‘s mad genius. Caution: spoilers ahead, I suppose, if you’re Matthew Weiner. … Read More

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Michael Bloomberg is Apparently a Really Big Fan of ‘The Paris Review’

According to Rebecca Mead (via her Twitter), Paris Review editor Lorin Stein made a pretty big reveal at last evening’s… Read More

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A Tale of Two Literary Magazines: ‘The Believer’ and ‘Tin House’ Respond to the VIDA Count

Since 2009, the VIDA Count has taken a hard look at the number of male vs. female contributors to several prestigious magazines and literary journals, an approach that has evolved to slice and dice each publication’s performance by section and type of article. Book reviewers, the authors of reviewed books, bylines, and the overall contributions of men and women are taken into consideration, giving  readers and editors (if they choose to use the information) a broader view of the gender makeup of each publication. … Read More

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The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, and even though an Amazon purchase is just two or three clicks away, dedicated readers would rather take a trip to their local indie bookstore. Yet the literary world occupies a decent-sized space on the web. Readers, writers, publishers, editors, and everybody in between are tweeting, Tumbling, blogging, and probably even Vine-ing about their favorite books. In case the demise of Google Reader threw your literary Internet browsing into a dark void, here’s a list of 25 book sites to bookmark.… Read More

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Gorgeous Sketches and Photographs ‘The Paris Review’s’ Willa Kim Archives [NSFW]

In the latest issue of The Paris Review, Nicole Rudick has curated a portfolio of images from the archives of Willa Kim, the widow of William Pène du Bois, who served as the art editor of the review from 1953 to 1960. The portfolio is filled with rare early pictures, illustrations, and some of Kim’s costume designs. Preview a few of the images from the vault after the jump, and then be sure to check out the full portfolio in The Paris Review. … Read More

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Discovered: The Paris Review’s ‘Art of Music Journalism’

If you’re like us, your jaw may have dropped just a smidgeon at the sight of the venerable Paris Review website publishing an article entitled “Festival Guide: A List of Don’ts for the Lady Music Writer” earlier today. The article was the work of one Natalie Elliot, a film columnist based in Italy, and its advice ranged from the obvious to the head-scratching to the flat-out bewildering. What, we wondered, was it doing in the Paris Review? Well, it turns out the PR isn’t as staid as we thought — it seems they’ve been publishing an “Art of Music Journalism” series to go with their more well-known “Art of Fiction” interviews. Who knew?! Anyway, we’ve unearthed Ms. Elliot’s entry, and suddenly everything makes a lot more sense. … Read More

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Writers Praising Writers: 15 of the Best Compliments from One Author to Another

We all know authors can insult one another with aplomb, but do those bitter wordsmiths ever have anything nice to say? Well, yes, of course. If we had to guess, we’d say that most authors’ biggest fans are other authors, who might understand a given piece of literature better than any mere mortal — or they might just be more likely to write about it. In the excellent collection Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, which hit shelves last week, 20 famous writers choose and introduce the short stories from the periodical that moved and thrilled them. In honor of the book’s publication, we’ve put together a few of our favorite author-on-author compliments. Click through to spread the love, and if we’ve missed your favorite compliment, add to our list in the comments. … Read More

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