Paul La Farge: Some Little-Known Facts



April 15, 2015

Two upcoming events:

On Saturday, April 18, at 2pm, I’ll be reading with Greg Hrbek, Michael Ives, and Christina Mengert at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, to celebrate the literary journal Conjunctions. More information here.

And on Friday, April 24, I’ll be judging a literary deathmatch — having won one, I’m supposedly now qualified to do so — at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s place in Lenox, MA. 8pm; more information here.

April 14, 2015

For several years now, I’ve been working on a novel called The Night Ocean, which is about a mysterious incident in the life of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and the shadow it casts on the people who have investigated it, in the eighty or so years since Lovecraft’s death. I am very happy to announce that this book will eventually be published, thanks to the amazing editor (and writer!) Ed Park, at The Penguin Press.

All I have to do is finish the book.

September 22, 2014

I have another story in The New Yorker. Actually, it’s the sequel to the story I had there three years ago. It’s called “Rosendale,” and you can read it here.

November 10, 2013

I’ll be talking with French writer Laurent Binet about his infra-novel HHhH at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, on Saturday, November 16 at 7pm. What is an infra-novel, you wonder? Sure, you do. Come on by. It’s the day before my birthday, and if you’re nice, maybe we can go out for a drink afterwards.

October 5, 2013

I’m not normally in favor of fights to the death, but this one might be fun: a literary deathmatch, with Maris Kreizman, Iris Smyles, Jason Koo and myself as the brave gladiators. This Wednesday, October 9th, at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Brooklyn NY. 8pm. $12. I’ll be the guy with the net and the trident.

May 16, 2013

I have a slightly NSFW story, “Scenes Not Included in Henry James’ The Ambassadors,” in The Paris Review’s blog. Prior knowledge of The Ambassadors is not required, or even, on some level, recommended.

March 22, 2013

Futuro-retrists, take note! On Monday, March 25, I’ll be reading in an evening of digital multimedia work at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th St., NYC, with Mark Amerika, Ian Hatcher, Yael Kanarek and Illya Szilak. 7pm, free. Details here.

January 14, 2013

If you happen to be in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 16th, please come to a spectacular reading at the Adobe Bookshop, 3166 16th Street, in the Mission: Stephen Elliott, Rebecca Solnit and Michelle Tea will celebrate the long existence of one of San Francisco’s best-loved bookstores, its proprietor, Andrew McKinley, and its possible transformation into a collective art space. More information is available here. The reading is at 7pm. Admission is free but you’ll want to come early: it’s going to be packed.

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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 is presently (2013-14) a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.



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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