The Best of The Paris Review
10+ most popular The Paris Review articles, as voted by our community.
Quarterly literary magazine founded in 1953.
The Paris Review on Addiction
On Novocain - The Paris Review
“I’ve been clean for over twenty years.”
The Paris Review on History
The Written World and the Unwritten World
“We write to make it possible for the unwritten world to express itself through us.”
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“Surely there's nothing so dangerous as an aphorism concrete enough to catch its own reflection.”
The Paris Review on Iran
Notes from Iran - The Paris Review
Before this September, I hadn’t heard from Yara in months. They’re an Iranian journalist who has reported for the country’s most prominent newspapers and publications. We first met in New York in 2018…
The Paris Review on Nature
On Butterflies - The Paris Review
“Wonder is where it starts, and though wonder is also where it ends, this is no futile path.”
The Paris Review on Plants
The Intelligence of Plants
What if plants are smarter than we think — a lot smarter?
The Paris Review on Poetry
The Art of Poetry No. 101
“I am not much of a morning person,” Jeremy Prynne warned us, as we made arrangements for this interview. “My natural habitat seems to be the hours of darkness, ad libitum. So I’ll be pretty useless…
«My natural habitat seems to be the hours of darkness, ad libitum. So I’ll be pretty useless until about ten thirty or eleven a.m. at best: but at the other end of the day I never tire.”»
Comics as Poetry
Ivan Brunetti on Lynda Barry, and all the things that can happen in the space of four panels.
The Paris Review on Women
On Mary Wollstonecraft
“I do not choose to be a secondary object.”
Why Do Women Want?: Edith Wharton’s Present Tense
“Is it possible to both appreciate Undine’s talent for survival while also refusing to mistake it for freedom?”
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Why Write? - The Paris Review
“I’ve been collecting these theories of why writers write because so many writers have written about it.”
E. E. Cummings and Krazy Kat
In 1910, a mouse named Ignatz first beaned Krazy Kat with a brick. The plot of this comic strip, centered on a “heppy go lucky kat,” is simple. Krazy Kat loves Ignatz Mouse. Officer Pup loves Krazy…
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The library museum ruptures our habitual schema for what to do when confronted with a text. We cannot comprehend the sentences, the words, the script itself even. And furthermore. we are not meant to,…
Scenes from an Open Marriage
Shared by 516, including kees, Nils Hitze, Colin Wright
A Brief History of Word Games
Ever since we’ve had language, we’ve played games with words.
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