Video/Audio of the Week
“The Stranger”, by Luchino Visconti, based on a novel by Albert Camus
With fascism growing at a terrible pace today, Olaf Stapledon’s words from 1937, written at the height of the Nazi menace, hold meaning for all sci-fi fans, readers, and writers. This post could not have been written without the support of my patrons. “Perhaps the...read more
Tucked in a corner across from Istanbul’s Kariye museum is a haven for young Syrians who want to do one simple thing: read. Pages, a bookstore and cafe, represents one man’s ambitious quest to change the lives of Syrian youth. “I’m incredibly happy,” said Samer...read more
I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so...read more
When I was a young woman, I drew a sort of perverse pride from my willingness to skip a meal or two in order to afford books. Soon enough, with the ubiquity of credit card touts on campus, I could buy both books and meals. I justified my increasing debt as necessary...read more
The keen-eyed among you may notice that this list (one of many in a series highlighting—and rectifying—the disparity between the number of literary works by women writers and their male counterparts from all around the globe published in English translation) is a...read more
Hannah Arendt made the comments that follow in 1974 during an interview with the French writer Roger Errera.TotalitarianismTotalitarianism begins in contempt for what you have. The second step is the notion: “Things must change—no matter how, Anything is better than...read more
From Bertolt Brecht to Vu Tran, a sampling of major contributions to American literature by those who were forced to leave their own countries. One way to regard the refugees in the news these frenzied past few days is as potential Americans, individuals and families...read more
THE PROPHET is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 40...read more
“What more is there to know about Paul Bunyan? Plenty, from the logging camps of the late 1800’s to the start of mechanized tree harvesting–and the giant of a man who spanned it all. Darryl Wimberley’s narrative is no mere tall tale but a full-fledged novel, with...read more
“Is this Heaven’s cloud I sleep on is why my eyes see only white hazy shadows Are you saints floating here? Stop your flight, fair silent beings! Come closer so that I might know your strange faces!” The customized Cessna jet aircraft Sheila Stoffel is piloting...read more
New Delhi, Feb 01: Professor, novelist, short story writer, Bharati Mukherjee, passes away at 76. The Taraknath Das Foundation writes: The trustees of the Taraknath Das Foundation grieve at the loss of our longtime trustee and awardee, who died January 28 at the age...read more
On Monday, Tehran-born poet Kaveh Akbar began tweeting out poetry written by poets from the seven countries — Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria — impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans immigrants from those...read more
This weekend, Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily closed America’s borders to entry for citizens from seven (predominantly Muslim) countries, and indefinitely closed them to Syrian refugees. Notably absent from the list of banned Muslim countries,...read more
Poet Clare Pollard facilitates poetry translation workshops for the PTC. She talked to Natasha Sutton Williams of London Calling...read more
On a steamy hot September day in 1955, in a racially segregated courtroom in Sumner, Mississippi, two white men, J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant—a country-store owner—were acquitted of the murder of a 14-year-old black Chicago boy. His name was Emmett Till....read more
James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man begins with the confidence, ease and innocence of a story told to a child and ends with a tone that is hesitant, suspicious, fragmented and estranged. Between the two comes the education of one Stephen Dedalus, as...read more
There is nothing more hopeless in this world than the so-called Southwestern Regional Bus Station in Nanjing on May 5, 2002, shortly before seven o’clock in the drizzling rain and the unappeasable icy wind, as, in the vast chaos of the buses departing from the bays of...read more
Deep in the Folger Library, in Washington DC, Heather Wolfe says that studying Shakespeare makes an ideal preparation for the onset of Trump’s America. You can see her point: Shakespeare would have revelled in the mad excesses, the sinister vanities and the pervasive...read more
Back in 2005, I saw an ad in an academic journal, requesting applications from academic professionals to “design and direct a new MFA program” at a major research university in the Northeast. “Design and direct” had an appealing alliterative ring. A brilliant poet and...read more
Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels inhabit the liminal zone between realism and fable, whodunit and...read more
A psychiatrist friend once pointed out to me that one of the definitions of psychosis is a fixed belief in an imaginary world lasting months or years, which no one but the patient himself is able to perceive. He wondered aloud if this wasn’t also a decent definition...read more
No one will read your book.This isn’t an insult. It’s a statistical fact.For an example that’s depressing on many levels, take Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Patton, which according to Nielsen was the only adult book (in English) to sell more than one...read more
Letters on the printing of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses – The British Library
Harriet Shaw Weaver first published James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in The Egoist, where it ran in serial instalments from 1914 to 1915. Portrait, Joyce’s first major work, follows the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of Stephen...read more
Notorious Cuban revolutionary and long-term leader Fidel Castro died on Friday at age 90 after a long illness, leaving a complicated legacy—some heralding him as a liberating hero and others decrying him as a ruthless dictator. Whatever else he may have been, it seems...read more
Books lists are one of the oldest and dodgiest forms of literary criticism. The most famous of them is, after all, probably the Vatican’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum, enforced for centuries, and surviving long enough to take in both The Second Sex by Simone de...read more
Our new, redesigned website marks the debut of our complete digital archive: now subscribers can read every piece from The Paris Review’s sixty-three-year history. Subscribe now and you can start reading 0ur back issues right away; you can also try a free ten-day...read more
Medieval manuscripts are survivors—of Viking raids, of damp and decay—but even with delicate, fragile pages and binding, many of them remain luminous, their vellum illuminated in gold and silver, embellished with vegetal and animistic imagery, and sketched through...read more
(German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been called one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the...read more
THE PROPHET is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 40...
“What more is there to know about Paul Bunyan? Plenty, from the logging camps of the late 1800’s to the start of mechanized tree harvesting–and the giant of a man who spanned it all. Darryl Wimberley’s narrative is no mere tall tale but a full-fledged novel, with...
“Is this Heaven’s cloud I sleep on is why my eyes see only white hazy shadows Are you saints floating here? Stop your flight, fair silent beings! Come closer so that I might know your strange faces!” The customized Cessna jet aircraft Sheila Stoffel is piloting...
Sherman Smith’s new novel, GOLDEN CITY ON FIRE, is a true pleasure to read. It is a thriller, written as if you were there – at the time of the Great San Francisco earthquake in 1906. It is as if you were suffering the fire and chaos, the heartbreak of such a tragedy....
Call Me Chameleon: The selective memory of a kaleidoscopic-eyed globetrotter, from age 3 to this day
To write an autobiography is a feat that is difficult, painful, and often feels foreign due to the fact that most of the stories have already been told in various forms through fiction, essays and poetry…
When Noah Johnson begins a light-hearted search for Bigfoot, he has no idea what’s in store for him. The creatures are real and far more intelligent than anyone has yet imagined. Climate change has brought drought, and a forest fire becomes a life-and-death battle for...