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Nudging Your Way to Oblivion

Francis Levy | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

The roulette wheel is spinning. Maybe it will be your lucky day. Before the advent of the internet, the manila envelope with its SASE was the proxy for your hopes. Now everything is faster. You hit a button and your attachment is released into posterity.

First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.

Plimpton! The Professional Amateur

Liam Smith | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Liam Smith

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a fascinating investigation of a literary figure who never really got his due. Whether it was because of his concentration on subjects such as sports; his participatory adventures in journalism; or his status as a public figure; many in the literary establishment never really took him seriously, despite his enormous contribution to the world of letters as head of The Paris Review.

Pornosophy: Dorothea Lasky

Francis Levy | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Dorothea Lasky has four poems which auspiciously introduce the Spring 2014 issue of The Paris Review (#208). The fourth is called simply, "Porn."

What This Successful Journalist Can Teach Us About Failure

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living

Could intentionally setting yourself up for failure actually lead to your greatest success in life? Renowned journalist George Plimpton spent his c...

Interview With Vendela Vida About Always Apprentices

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Home
Nicki Richesin

It may come as something of a surprise that Vendela Vida doesn't have access to the internet at her home, but make no mistake, she's very connected.

The Paris Review Turns 60!

Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts

In 1953, writers George Plimpton, Harold L. Humes, and Peter Matthiessen banded together to found The Paris Review, the famed magazine that gave voice...

Bret Easton Ellis On Death Threats, 'American Psycho' And The Best Novels Of His Generation

Posted 03.09.2012 | Home

Bret Easton Ellis has never been known as the most shy and retiring literary figure. Author most famously of "American Psycho", in the latest issue of...

What Do 'Breaking Dawn' And 'The Descendants' Have In Common?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

What do tween blockbuster "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" and Alexander Payne's infidelity dramedy "The Descendants" have in common? Well, according to Jam...

33 Literary Twitter Feeds To Follow

Poets & Writers | By Staff | Posted 08.16.2011 | Home

There is a seemingly endless number of feeds and folks to follow on Twitter, but if you're interested in engaging, entertaining tweets that will keep ...

Lying About Reading: Who's Keeping Score? | Posted by Elizabeth Minkel | Posted 07.25.2011 | Home

Big books have never really been my thing. The sweeping epics, the Great Russian Novels by the Great Russian Writers, the thousand-page masterpieces: ...

What Your Literary Tote Bag Says About You

Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Posted 07.11.2011 | Home

The Strand Bookstore tote: You probably don’t really live in New York. Either that or you’re a freshman at NYU....

Book Cover Design: Where The Cover Of Your Favorite Novel Comes From

The Atlantic | CHARLOTTE STRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Every three months or so, we gather together. In our hands, launch meeting packets still hot off the copy machine. Our editor-in-chief sits at the hea...

You Are What You Read

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
George Mitrovich

Of all the bookstore and newsstands I have been blessed to browse none matches the selection of quarterly publications and magazines of substance offered by Paras -- none.

New York Literary Balls Honor Authors In Style

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the Paris Review announced that it will hold its annual spring gala, the Revel, on April 13. Philip Roth -- whose first story was published...

Poet-Critic Dan Chiasson, the Natural (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christopher Lydon

Dan Chiasson has the easy charm of a natural New England oracle, in a tradition encompassing Emily Dickinson and William James, Robert Frost and Rober...

Lorin Stein Is New Editor Of The Paris Review

The New Yorker | Thessaly La Force | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We would like to offer a hearty congratulations to Lorin Stein, who has been named the next editor-in-chief of The Paris Review....