The unprofessionals : new American writing from the Paris review / edited by Lorin Stein.
- New York, New York : Penguin Books, 
xi, 283 pages ; 21 cm
- American literature -- 21st century.
American essays -- 21st century.
- "For more than half a century, the Paris Review has launched some of the most exciting new literary voices, from Philip Roth to David Foster Wallace. But rather than trading on nostalgia, the storied journal--reconceived in 2010 by editor Lorin Stein--continues to search outside the mainstream for the most exciting emerging writers. Harmonizing a timeless literary feel with impeccable modern taste, its pages are vivid proof that the best of today's writing more than upholds the lofty standards that built the magazine's reputation. The Unprofessionals collects pieces from the new iteration of the Paris Review by contemporary writers who treat their art not as a profession, but as a calling. Some, like Zadie Smith, Ben Lerner, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, are already major literary presences, while others, like Emma Cline, Benjamin Nugent, and Ottessa Moshfegh, will soon be household names. A master class in contemporary writing across genres, this collection introduces the must-know voices in the modern literary scene"-- Provided by publisher.
- Fiction: A dark and winding road / Otessa Moshfegh ; Lelah / Angela Flournoy ; False spring / Ben Lerner ; William Wei / Amie Barrodale ; Foley's Pond / Peter Orner ; Marion / Emma Cline ; Virgin / April Ayers Lawson ; Jimmy / Atticus Lish ; Toast / Matt Sumell ; God / Benjamin Nugent ; Gospodar / Garth Greenwell ; Miss Adele amidst the corsets / Zadie Smith
Poetry: No art / Ben Lerner ; XY / Nick Laird ; Life's work / Brenda Shaughnessy ; Over the counties of kings and queens came the second idea / Rowan Ricardo Phillips ; A place as good as any / Jana Prikryl ; March of the hanged men / Monica Youn ; The difference / Ishion Hutchinson ; Smalltown lift / Brian Blanchfield ; Porn / Dorothea Lasky ; Trouble in mind / Cathy Park Hong ; Bicentennial / Dan Chiasson ; from Winehouse / Kevin Young ; Why poetry : a partial autobiography / Craig Morgan Teicher ; Gramercy Park / Sylvie Baumgartel
Nonfiction: Mister Lytle : an essay / John Jeremiah Sullivan ; Short days / Sarah Manguso ; Human snowball / Davy Rothbart ; Letter from Williamsburg / Kristin Dombek ; Letter from Kentucky / J.D. Daniels.
- Stein, Lorin, editor.
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