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The Paris Review
“The sort of glorious girl whose kiss tastes of liquor when she’s had no liquor to drink.” —David Foster Wallace tpr.ly/ArkeZt
“Once you have in your bones the fundamental feasibilities of a place, you can imagine there freely.” —John Updike tpr.ly/gCEFwk
“One must withdraw for a time from life in order to set down that picture.” —John Steinbeck tpr.ly/fCkrU6
“Who could blame them? The Midwest is a fine place to leave.” Illinois Jesus and the strange novel he inspired: tpr.ly/1riKVKl
“There is no machine and no kind of reporting and no kind of film that can do what a Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky did.” tpr.ly/aqy2Ht
“The whole fight is for the conservation of the individual soul.” —Ezra Pound tpr.ly/XbLuTQ
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“More often than not the speech only seems to be funny—the man in question is actually fighting for his life.” tpr.ly/qjWkVR
“It is not improbable that had there been no revolution, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterology.” tpr.ly/aUf0kA
“That’s the most important part of the job. Knowing when to come down hard and when to go easy.”—Zadie Smith tpr.ly/1q2jEHn #fiction
“If you are charmed by an author, I think it’s a very strange and invalid imagination that doesn’t long to share it.” tpr.ly/h5Cs8N
Do you #ReadEverywhere? Today is the last day to enter our photo contest with the @LRB: tpr.ly/1kLlFdb
“A playwright who isn’t influenced is never of any use. He’s the litmus paper of the arts.” —Arthur Miller tpr.ly/9h0A3V
“Men who can afford to work under better conditions often choose to work under miserable conditions.” —Henry Miller tpr.ly/TqTbVk
“I think Simone de Beauvoir is odious. A mind totally bourgeois turned inside out.” —Mary McCarthy tpr.ly/dvg2k4
“I devote my time to steel, / to the most shadowy tools: / hoes bring me to my knees, / horseshoes enslave me.” tpr.ly/ZYyTBS
“I would never be able to write in the third person until I developed a coherent view of life.” —Norman Mailer tpr.ly/dxdYtt
“The whole problem of writing poetry is to bring it back to what you really feel.” —Robert Lowell tpr.ly/fPkHzV
“There are few things as narcissistic as an apocalypse fantasy.” Michael Thomsen on “The Last of Us”: tpr.ly/1os0Dev
Jack Kerouac on writing: “You have to be born with tragic fathers.” tpr.ly/jjk6TY
“I don’t believe there is an ideal occupation for the writer. He could write under almost any circumstance.” —Huxley tpr.ly/vAJovO
One more day to take advantage of our joint subscription deal with the @LRB: tpr.ly/1rbZ4HV #ReadEverywhere
“I don’t have to tell you that speech on the stage is not the speech of life, not even the written speech.” —Hellman tpr.ly/e7GgEp
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves tpr.ly/UurGqU
“It’s easier to understand the idea of death than the reality of life, and so we make an industry of waiting.” tpr.ly/1os0Dev
“God knows how many people made the moon. Or what spirits labored ... to set fire to the sun.” —Allen Ginsberg tpr.ly/hIxit3
“Poetry has always been a beggar.” —Robert Frost tpr.ly/uFWcX8
This week’s staff picks: the most prolific Simpsons writer, Blek le Rat, and pop songs as Shakespearean sonnets tpr.ly/1qNAqwe
A preview of our Fall issue cover, designed by Chris Ware, including interviews with Ware, Aharon Appelfeld, and Herta Müller; new fiction by Atticus Lish, David Gates, and Alejandro Zambra; poetry by Karen Solie and Maureen N. McLane; and an essay by David Searcy.
The Paris Review staff is at @SheridanGroup finishing our Fall issue. Here is a preview of the issue’s cover. pic.twitter.com/q4BLkF89Qh
“We’d sooner have death, if it means our egos can be spared.” @mike_thomsen on the vanity of the zombie apocalypse: tpr.ly/1os0Dev
“Sex can be indicated with asterisks. I’ve always felt that was as good a way as any.” —John Dos Passos tpr.ly/d4Xwou
“You do not know what you do. It is not possible to do what one intends.” —Jean Cocteau tpr.ly/e0lEXc
“Imagination is a matter of attaining a certain degree of generality ... about what one actually lives.” —de Beauvoir tpr.ly/foF2j2
The Paris Review staff is at Sheridan Press finishing our Fall issue. More previews to come throughout the day. | #parisreview #hyperlapse
Today in trepidatious grammatical hairsplitting, telling it like it is in Times Square, and other news tpr.ly/1orZ3t8
“I’m only interested in what I can articulate with the things given me as confrontation.” —Robert Creeley tpr.ly/bKME31
“Silence in the forest comes from books.” —Susan Stewart tpr.ly/1pMhzPO #poetry
“I never forget that work is a curse—which is why I’ve never made it a habit.” —Blaise Cendrars tpr.ly/U3X3t4
“Most authors are looking for tragedy without finding it.” —Louis-Ferdinand Céline tpr.ly/134PoBL
“The culture needed some lightening up. Mail art was an art form everyone had access to.” tpr.ly/1vMdmi4
“The underworld, the old-time thieves. They’re a dying race; very few of those old-timers left.”—William S. Burroughs tpr.ly/oG6jC7
C. Lay, Robert Moses, and the dashed ambitions of Marine Park, or why there's no stadium on Fillmore Ave @parisreview theparisreview.org/blog/2014/08/2…
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“With novels, like cakes, you never know.” —Robertson Davies, who was born on this day in 1913: tpr.ly/9BDGIE
“He was wearing a rumpled linen jacket and tie. Of course he was.” @SadieStein on her encounter with Robert Lowell: tpr.ly/1wJO8F5
“I hope you will live to see the day when this park is completed.” The dashed ambitions of Brooklyn’s Marine Park: tpr.ly/1lunpI4