THE PARIS REVIEW
I was asked by Svbscription to visit the offices of THE PARIS REVIEW.
"Earlier this week we visited The Paris Review, the esteemed literary journal that was started in 1953 by Americans in Paris with the goal of breaking talented new writers; a mission that has remained to the present day. We spoke to the man most passionate about everything concerning the Review—their editor, Lorin Stein.
Each issue is comprised of fiction, poetry and long-form interviews. Released quarterly since its inception, it's now up to its 208th issue. Jack Kerouac’s "The Mexican Girl", Jim Carroll's "The Basketball Diaries", Jeffrey Eugenides' "The Virgin Suicides" and David Foster Wallace’s "Little Expressionless Animals" are among those the Review were first to publish. Needless to say we were very pleased to have them as collaborators on our V8: Classics parcel.
Their interview archive is a huge bank of knowledge of the most important names in modern writing. Hemingway, Faulkner, Ezra Pound and Truman Capote to mention a few. These interviews offer the subjects a rare opportunity to discuss their art and life at length; more essays that read as conversation, distilled from hours of dialogue often spanning years.
The Review celebrates their history, but their pages are filled only with what's current. The latest issue includes a story from a Brooklyn writer who takes a placement in Marfa, and another of a writer spending time in Athens. Both rooted in specific locations, the exploration of their own inner world is just as interesting as what's happening around them. Also the interview with Mad Men creator Matt Weiner is the most insightful piece about his life as a screenwriter and the show's creation that we’ve read to date."
Words by Karl Henkell.