As I’m sure only a few of you know, yesterday was feminist Simone de Beauvoir’s birthday, which awoke within my mind thoughts upon the subject of femininity. If you are not familiar with de Beauvoir, you are likely aware of the effects her feminist philosophy has had on society, from the simple action of women […]

As writer of The Paris Review Blog, I of course follow The Paris Review on Twitter. After spending this morning reading through the account’s tweets, I realized the suddenly obvious paradox of my actions. If I call myself a writer, why would I be subjecting myself to the horrors of the social media world, where […]

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” – Oscar Wilde If you’re the following kind, follow me on Twitter @misscocomae

If you have read Walden, then the thought of Henry David Thoreau’s pensive seclusion in his beloved forest would perhaps convince you to throw away your idealistic values of print publishing and purchase an iPad in hopes ofsaving a few trees. But is Walden Thoreau’s way of telling Americans to appreciate the forest, or that […]

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway If you’re the following kind, follow me on Twitter @misscocomae

  The Paris Review Daily is inspiring its readers with a New Year’s resolution for 2014: to travel more, but within one’s own backyard. I know, there’s nothing quite as culturally exhilarating as wining and dining one’s way through continental Europe with the occasional literary lesson—I myself am no stranger to the way certain sensational and intellectual […]

In a Character Studies post from July 2012, writer Stephanie LaCava explores Hemingway’s Lady Brett Ashley, the “damned good-looking” heroine of The Sun Also Rises. LaCava is convincing in her theory that a hearty “damned good-looking” is a far greater compliment than beautiful—coming from Hemingway, at least—but where does this put Hemingway’s description of beautiful […]