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The Unprofessionals by The Paris Review
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Nov 17, 2015 | ISBN 9780143128472

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“A dispatch from the front lines of literature.”
The Atlantic

“A new generation of writers is not only keeping American literature alive but restoring the excitement of it – pushing it forward, rediscovering and rethinking the world we live in – and the Paris Review, despite its age and pedigree, is at the forefront of the renaissance.”
-Jonathan Franzen

“This book is electric. I got to encounter voices I already loved and fall in love with writers I’d never read, got to realize this would be the day I’d always remember as the day I read them first.”
-Leslie Jamison

“Lesser-known writers manage startling feats in the array of stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces collected in this anthology. But don’t be surprised—or disappointed—to encounter the work of very successful pros, too, from Zadie Smith and Ben Lerner to Dan Chiasson and John Jeremiah Sullivan.”
The Atlantic

“In presenting writing like this, The Paris Review has fashioned a valuable correction to the prevailing notion that a writer’s success can only be gauged by megabucks contracts, media attention, and multiple printings.”

“Like a beautifully unified concept album…The Unprofessionals lulls readers away from the conventional and everyday with its limpid prose and toward the edge of some psychological abyss.”
-Sam Sacks, The New Republic

“Good writers are always beginners, unprofessionals, driven by desire: ears open, vision wiped clean. They find their home in The Paris Review.”
Hilary Mantel
“The best possible introduction to the best literary magazine we have.”
-Akhil Sharma

“There’s a searing reality present in the collection that feels wholly different from the kind of writing we all consume on a daily basis…In the absence of morality and self-consciousness, the collection almost shakes its way off the page, so buzzing is it with life and shame and voice.”

Table Of Contents


Ottessa Moshfegh, A Dark and Winding Road
Angela Flournoy, Lelah
Ben Lerner, False Spring
Amie Barrodale, William Wei
Peter Orner, Foley’s Pond
Emma Cline, Marion
April Ayers Lawson, Virgin
Atticus Lish, Jimmy
Matt Sumell, Toast
Benjamin Nugent, God
Garth Greenwell, Gospodar
Zadie Smith, Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets

Ben Lerner, No Art
Nick Laird, XY
Brenda Shaughnessy, Life’s Work
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Over the Counties of Kings and Queens Came the Second Idea
Jana Prikryl, A Place as Good as Any
Monica Youn, March of the Hanged Men
Ishion Hutchinson, The Difference
Brian Blanchfield, Smalltown Lift
Dorothea Lasky, Porn
Cathy Park Hong, Trouble in Mind
Dan Chiasson, Bicentennial
Kevin Young, from Winehouse
Craig Teicher, Why Poetry: A Partial Autobiography
Sylvie Baumgartel, Gramercy Park


John Jeremiah Sullivan, Mr Lytle: An Essay
Sarah Manguso, Short Days
Davy Rothbart, Human Snowball
Kristin Dombek, Letter from Williamsburg
J. D. Daniels, Letter from Kentucky

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