Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312422400
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction
Beverly home 3
Edison, New Jersey 17
Marie 30
Circle of prayer 44
On the nature of human romantic interaction 65
Immortality 83
The revisionist 102
Epstein 117
Why don't you dance? 141
Greasy Lake 147
The lily-white boys 158
Marabou 164
Lifeline 169
Break it down 176
Killer Miller 183
The index 188
Seven romances 196
Nairobi 202
My aunt gold teeth 209
Piccola commedia 221
Nighthawks 224
Immortal longings 226
In Berlin 228
From "strip" 229
Still life 233
This is the life 234
12 years old 236
Lithium sonnet 238
First bodies 239
The cat inside 241
Airplane 242
In a prominent bar in Secaucus one day 244
Heroin 246
Referred back 248
Ward 10 249
The crease 251
The Korean Community Garden in Queens 253
Of that city, the heart 256
The purse-seiner Atlantis 258
Why it often rains in the movies 260
From my window 262
What I have been doing lately 265
On turning ten 269
Open house 273
The mansion on the hill 302
The palace thief 339
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