Paul La Farge: Some Little-Known Facts



January 7, 2016

I wrote an essay about digital reading for Nautilus. It’s something I think about now and then, having spent a few years on a work of digital writing.

November 12, 2015

I’m very happy to be reading with fellow Conjunctions contributors Edie Meidav and Andrew Durbin, to support the nonprofit organization Behind the Book, which promotes children's literacy in underprivileged NYC public schools. Thursday, November 12, at 7pm, at the KGB Bar. More information here.

September 22, 2015

42 Minutes is Douglas Bolles and William Morgan's podcast about life, the universe, and things like that. This week they talked to me about Dungeons & Dragons and my 2006 Believer story “Destroy All Monsters.” Explore the cellars of my pre-teen heart here.

September 3, 2015

Given how much I have thought about caves (for one gloomy part of Luminous Airplanes), I’m happy to be taking part in this year’s Subterranean Poetry Festival, on September 20, at the Widow Jane Mine Cave in Rosendale, NY. I’ll be reading (or performing?) with Sparrow, Hélène Lesterlin, Jonas Bers, Sam Truitt, hARBOUR with Jack Walls, Ada Smailbegovic, and the event’s inimitable organizer, Bethany Ides. The cave is at 668 Route 213, in Rosendale. 1-4pm. $5. More information here.

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Photo: Carol Shadford

Paul La Farge is the author of three novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He is presently working on a novel about H.P. Lovecraft, in his subterranean ‘annex’ in upstate New York.



Potentially Endless



  • "Rosendale," the sequel to "Another Life," also in The New Yorker.
  • "Another Life," a short story in The New Yorker.
  • Utopia,” an essay about utopia, in Bookforum. Warning: you will have to register with Bookforum to read this essay. The good news is, it will cost you nothing.
  • Colors: Black,” an essay about the color black, in Cabinet.
  • The History of The History of Death,” a story in Conjunctions, which was later reprinted in Harper’s.
  • Destroy All Monsters,” an essay about the game Dungeons & Dragons, in The Believer.
  • Nine short stories published by the Paraffin Press, but basically unavailable until now.


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