The Paris Review No. 181
Norman Mailer on the art of fiction: “To my mind, it's not worth writing a novel unless you're tackling something where your chances of success are open. You can fail.”
Fiction from André Aciman: “American women are like beautiful manor houses with lavish artwork and spacious rooms. But the lights are always out.”
New translations of Baudelaire: “I am like the king of a rainy kingdom . . . Nothing makes me gladder, gentler, more prone to falconry / than my dying people.”
Plus a story by Uzodinma Iweala, a newly discovered poem by William Carlos Williams, photographs by Raymond Depardon, and more.