Things I Forget to Remember: Writing is an act of faith

Things I Forget to Remember: Writing is an act of faith

I have an idea! Let’s play a game of Word Association. You give me a random word or phrase, and I’ll say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Go. Snail: mobile home  Simone Biles: dynamite Jumping jacks: I pee my pants just a little Royalty: Toni Morrison...
No Rest for This Teenage Mercy Killer

No Rest for This Teenage Mercy Killer

If a first impression is a lasting impression, then the brutal opening line of Margaret Owen’s THE MERCIFUL CROW (Holt, 374 pp., $18.99; ages 14 and up) is one you won’t likely forget: “Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats.”So begins the grim and exciting...
Redux: Helpless Failed Brake

Redux: Helpless Failed Brake

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 Jorge Semprún. This week, The Paris...
A Coming-of-Age as American as Apple Pie

A Coming-of-Age as American as Apple Pie

GODS WITH A LITTLE GBy Tupelo HassmanIn the main, teenage girls don’t fare well in literature. With a few notable exceptions — and some monster slayers and to-the-death survival game champions — girls in books and on screens are infantilized, overly sexualized or...