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The Paris Review

The Paris Review Winter 2019

The Paris Review publishes the best fiction, poetry, art, and essays from new and established voices, and the Writers at Work interviews offer some of the most revealing self-portraits in literature.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Paris Review Foundation, Inc.
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1 min.
the paris review

GEORGE PLIMPTON 1927 - 2003 Editor Emily Nemens Managing Editor Hasan Altaf Online Editor Nadja Spiegelman Assistant Online Editor Brian Ransom Assistant Editor Lauren Kane Poetry Editor Vijay Seshadri Art Editor Charlotte Strick Southern Editor John Jeremiah Sullivan London Editor Adam Thirlwell Paris Editor Antonin Baudry West Coast Editor Christian Kiefer Advisory Editors Hilton Als, Justin Alvarez, Elaine Blair, Robyn Creswell, Hailey Gates, Cary Goldstein, Saskia Hamilton, Christopher Merrill, Dan Piepenbring, Frederick Seidel, Caitlin Youngquist Interns Cornelia Channing, Noor Qasim Readers Eliza Callahan, Eleonore Condo, Camille Jacobson, Sophia Kaufman, Andrew Plimpton Publishing Director Lori Dorr Digital Director Craig Morgan Teicher Social-Media Manager Rhian Sasseen Development & Events Julia Berick Publishing Manager Robin Jones Design Strick&Williams Special Adviser Joshua Liberson Board of Directors Matt Holt (Co-President), Akash Shah (Co-President), Kwame Anthony Appiah, William B. Beekman, Jeffrey Eugenides, Stephen Gaghan, James C. Goodale (emeritus), Lawrence H. Guffey, Radhika Jones, Jeanne McCulloch, Terry McDonell (emeritus),…

27 min.
the nanny

EMMA CLINE There isn’t much in the house,” Mary said. “I’m sorry.” Kayla looked around, shrugged. “I’m not even that hungry.” Mary set the table, bright Fiestaware on place mats alongside fringed cloth napkins. They ate microwave pizzas. “Gotta have something a little fresh,” Mary’s boyfriend, Dennis, said cheerily, heaping spinach leaves from a plastic bin onto his pizza. He seemed pleased by his ingenuity. Kayla ate the spinach, took a few bites of crust. Mary poured her more water. When Kayla asked for a beer, she saw Mary and Dennis glance at each other. “Sure, sweetie,” Mary said. “Dennis, do we have any beer? Maybe check the garage refrigerator?” Kayla drank two over dinner, then a third out on the porch, her legs tucked up into the oversize hoodie she had taken from Mary’s son’s room.…

1 min.
two poems by tomas unger

THE PIANIST When my right hand—When the hand that had been mine—When I found that handcurling inward stayedcurled protestations meant nothing; prayers.Thinking, not thinking—nothing. But there was a literaturefor the left hand, there was someone before—his arm blown off in the war. And what was over was notwhat I thought was over— from the beginning, my relation had beento music, not myself the player— Incurable, desirethat survives as devotionno disfigurement can cure. I became a teacher. Hand placed over—Sometimes I place my hand overthe hand of the player very gently or forcefully, in sympathy. LATE SELF Rembrandt, 63 The surprise alwayssomething has not abandoned us, the way, standing there, another’s expression as you realizehas become yours— Self given, self seen— Suffering composing itself is compassion.…

3 min.
jeffrey yang

ANCESTORS Chance progression Genomic drift Split-apart generationsof the uprooted tree abandoned the tablets for another ethos Ancestors never spoke of our ancestors watching over throughthe great-great-void behind the incense and flowers brought us here In this quiet roomto learn from the old and make the new Hakgojae 學古齋 Gallery, east of the JoseonPalace of Shining Happiness young and old stroll in hanbok cosplayunder full autumn sun coco capitán mirrors herself outside west gate filee inks the stillness rite on a Buamdong hill siren eun young jung channels the yeosonggukgeuk with anomalous fantasies her reinventions of the forgotten 1950s women’s theater, lostmemories performed through dance and song, her impulse Hakgojae a practice of living artas a dream of a living presence Drawn into the wood across the sea of stone one approaches as if to recognizethe unexpected spark and hesitationunderground double-track spotlightson the five wood figures, octagon universe They look out from the ghostly grainof the tall tablet…

26 min.
failure to thrive

WILLA C. RICHARDS Alice read John Mark’s letter, her eyes narrowed, as I paced our tiny apartment. The envelope contained instructions for retrieving two sets of human remains from the University of Florida. I sometimes worked for John Mark, the director of the Milwaukee Public Museum, in exchange for modest paychecks and access to the museum’s research collection. I often did the jobs the museum interns refused to do, like retrieving artifacts originally accessioned by the MPM from other institutions and bringing them back to Milwaukee. I hadn’t taken one of these jobs since before Tess was born, afraid to leave her or Alice, but we were so poor we had begun to eat only the casseroles Alice’s mother sent over in weekly batches. Alice tossed the letter on the coffee table.…

56 min.
the art of fiction no. 245

GEORGE SAUNDERS My first meeting with George Saunders took place in his home of ten years, a ranch house in the Catskills. The house stood on fifteen acres of hilly woods, crisscrossed by narrow paths that he and his wife, the novelist Paula Saunders, had cleared over many afternoons, following mornings spent writing. The Saunderses had lived in upstate New York for three decades; they raised their two daughters in Rochester and Syracuse, two of the region’s Rust Belt cities, and Saunders’s first three story collections, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996), Pastoralia (2000), and In Persuasion Nation (2006), are marked by the experience of bringing up children and holding down jobs in a postindustrial economy. But the stories aren’t constrained by the conventions of gritty realism. There are ghosts, zombies, prosthetic foreheads,…