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Title:
The Paris review book for planes, trains, elevators, and waiting rooms
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Picador, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
ix, 386 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Added Uniform Title:
Paris review.
ISBN:
9780312422400
Format :
Book

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Summary

From "the biggest little magazine in the world" comes an addictively clever anthology prescribed to fill all the blank moments of your life.

The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms is the ultimate, and perfect, theme-anthology. It's theme is the reader. Everyday we must live through moments of waiting--to get from one place to the next, from one appointment to another, for something to happen. This ingeniously useful compendium offers reading material to fill those gray moments with beauty, wonder, insight, and emotion. Organized by the time that the reader has available at that moment, the anthology provides a poem for that elevator ride to the lawyer's office; a short story for the thirty-minute commute; a novella for the three-hour plane ride. As ever, The Paris Review provides work from only the best writers of the last three generations.

Among those to appear:
- Mary Robison
- Denis Johnson
- Michael Chabon
- Marilyn Hacker
- Robert Pinsky
- and many more.


Author Notes

The Paris Review since 1953, has published the work of Gabriel García Márquez, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Jonathan Lethem, Italo Calvino, and others. They celebrated their fiftieth anniversary last year with the publication of The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, The Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953 .


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In his introduction to this rewarding anthology, critically acclaimed author Powers (Galatea 2.2; Plowing the Dark; etc.) says that reading is the "last refuge from the real-time epidemic." To that end, the selections gathered here are grouped by how long they offer escape from real time: waiting rooms need long stories, for example, while elevators demand poems. Roth, Munro and Naipaul are among the 46 big-name contributors. In the Planes section, Junot Diaz's "Edison, New Jersey" riffs on the love lives of two pool table installers. In T. Coraghessan Boyle's "Greasy Lake" (Trains), three "bad" 19-year-olds ("We read Andre Gide and struck elaborate poses to show we didn't give a shit about anything") looking for trouble cruising in the narrator's mother's Bel Air find it at the eponymous lake. In Elevators, Deborah Warren's poem "Airplane" strikes a timely, nervous note: "Now, as you board the airplane, is there latent/ in its thorax-nestled near the spine-/ some wiring awry, a hose not tightened?/ Embolisms inching up the fuel line?" And among the longer stories in the Waiting Rooms section is one of Rick Moody's best, "Mansion on the Hill," which follows Andrew Wakefield from the job of shilling drumsticks in a chicken costume to packaging the middle-class sublime in the wedding planning business. While many of these stories will be familiar to well-read fans of literary fiction, the collection proves again the strengths of the Paris Review-what other small magazine could so casually present such literary gold from merely sifting through its back issues? (July 1) Forecast: Issued only a year after The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, the Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953 (Picador), this new volume may find itself competing with the former collection-it already loses out on title length. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Richard PowersDenis JohnsonJunot DiazEdward P. JonesAlice MunroKarl IagnemmaYiyun LiHelen SchulmanPhilip RothRaymond CarverT. Coraghessan BoyleWilliam MaxwellJoy WilliamsVijay SeshadriLydia DavisV. P'YetsukhJ. G. BallardIra SadoffJoyce Carol OatesV. S. NaipaulRichard WilburStuart DybekRobert PinskyPaul HooverA. R. AmmonsPatricia StoraceHeather MchughSharon OldsAlbert GoldbarthJames LasdunWilliam S. BurroughsDeborah WarrenX. J. KennedyJim CarrollPhilip LarkinLucy GrealyBen SonnenbergSuji Kwock KimCarl PhillipsAgha Shahid AliLawrence RaabC. K. WilliamsJamaica KincaidBilly CollinsCharles D'AmbrosioRick MoodyEthan Canin
Introductionp. vii
Planes
Beverly Homep. 3
Edison, New Jerseyp. 17
Mariep. 30
Circle of Prayerp. 44
On the Nature of Human Romantic Interactionp. 65
Immortalityp. 83
The Revisionistp. 102
Epsteinp. 117
Trains
Why Don't You Dance?p. 141
Greasy Lakep. 147
The Lily-White Boysp. 158
Maraboup. 164
Lifelinep. 169
Break It Downp. 176
Killer Millerp. 183
The Indexp. 188
Seven Romancesp. 196
Nairobip. 202
My Aunt Gold Teethp. 209
Elevators
Piccola Commediap. 221
Nighthawksp. 224
Immortal Longingsp. 226
In Berlinp. 228
From "Strip"p. 229
Still Lifep. 233
This Is the Lifep. 234
12 years oldp. 236
Lithium Sonnetp. 238
First Bodiesp. 239
The Cat Insidep. 241
Airplanep. 242
In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Dayp. 244
Heroinp. 246
Referred Backp. 248
Ward 10p. 249
The Creasep. 251
The Korean Community Garden in Queensp. 253
Of That City, the Heartp. 256
The Purse-Seiner Atlantisp. 258
Why It Often Rains in the Moviesp. 260
From My Windowp. 262
What I Have Been Doing Latelyp. 265
On Turning Tenp. 269
Waiting Rooms
Open Housep. 273
The Mansion on the Hillp. 302
The Palace Thiefp. 339
Contributorsp. 381
Acknowledgmentsp. 385