The Wand Whisperer

The Wand Whisperer

By J. Steven Young The Wand Whisperer Short Story – Magical Realism What if wands were alive? For one clumsy and inexperienced mage, his life and everything he knows about wands changes when they begin talking to him. Sparkle is an ancient and powerful wand who...
Maybe No One Will Notice

Maybe No One Will Notice

Photo by Bertalan SzürösDo you ever get the feeling that a scene you’re writing, just isn’t going to work? That no one would ever act this way? That no one would ever believe this outcome?Do you ever leave the questionable scene in any way because you need this event...
2019 Festival Albertine to Take On Climate Change

2019 Festival Albertine to Take On Climate Change

The coming Festival Albertine, an annual gathering of American and Francophone activists, intellectuals, writers and artists, will focus on a truly international topic: climate change. The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books announced Tuesday...
Redux: Lies That Have Hardened

Redux: Lies That Have Hardened

Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazine’s archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by  This week at The Paris Review, we’re...
Books Won’t Die

Books Won’t Die

Illustration by Albert Robida, for “The End of the Books,” by Octave Uzanne, published in Scribner’s Magazine, vol. 16, no 2, August 1894. Public domain.Increasingly, people of the book are also people of the cloud. At the Codex Hackathon, a convention whose...
But Does It Tell You When a Melon Is Ripe?

But Does It Tell You When a Melon Is Ripe?

“The Melon” is Amy Goldman’s fifth book, and as with her other titles, it’s a visual stunner and a revelation. It represents nine years of cultivating, studying, tasting and having Victor Schrager on hand to photograph 125 kinds of melons at her farm in Rhinebeck in...
The Gift of Lewis Hyde’s ‘The Gift’

The Gift of Lewis Hyde’s ‘The Gift’

Lewis Hyde photo: Ruben Cox.Gifts pass from hand to hand: they endure through such transmission, as every time a gift is given it is enlivened and regenerated through the new spiritual life it engenders both in the giver and in the receiver. And so it is with Lewis...

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