Paul Maliszewski – Reading List

Paul Maliszewski

PAUL MALISZEWSKI is a writer of short stories, criticism, and essays. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, and The Pushcart Prize anthologies; as well as in Granta, One Story, BOMB and The Baffler.

Paul Maliszewski also edited an issue of McSweeney’s (2002), Paper Placemats (2004), and two issues of Denver Quarterly about real and imagined places (2004), as well as a forthcoming issue of J&L Illustrated. He is currently working on a book with photographer Steve Featherstone about New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell.

Paul lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son, whom he drives crazy, and his old cat, who drives him crazy, not that that evens it out.


Fiction –

Prayer and Parable (2011) – short stories

Non-fiction –

Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders, (2009) – a collection of essays

Paul Maliszewski was one of the first residents at Kingston University’s MFA program in 2009, with Lynne Tillman and Steve Erickson.

Paul’s Recommended Reading

‘Some books, in the order of how I thought of them:’



William Gaddis, JR

Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Melanie Rae Thon, In This Light

Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman

Robert Walser, Microscripts

Grace Paley, The Little Disturbances of Man

David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress

Tibor Fischer, The Thought Gang

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Aleksandar Hemon, The Question of Bruno



Nicholson Baker, The Size of Thoughts

Renata Adler, Canaries in the Mineshaft

William Gass, Fiction and the Figures of Life

André Schiffrin, The Business of Books

Michael Martone, Racing in Place



David Berman, Actual Air

Laura Sims, Stranger

An interview with Paul Maliszewski:

Another interview, with Scott Bradfield participating:

A third interview, marred only by its complete lack of participation by Scott Bradfield:

An annotated playlist of music inspired by Scott Bradfield:

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