The Paris Review – $15 per issue, orÂ $40 for a year’s subscription
In the Spring 2012 issue of The Paris Review,Â itâ€™s 200th, Editor Lorin SteinÂ reflected on what accounts for the literary quarterlyâ€™s longevity (itÂ was founded in 1953). Â He concludes that itâ€™s still here because theyÂ stick to what they love, â€œNot one school or style, but the continualÂ search for what is original, unheard of, and good. Â Fashions change butÂ quality remains, and so does the pleasure of discovery.â€ Itâ€™s aÂ sentiment that I think most of us here would share.
Like any long-running institution, itâ€™s easy to take The Paris ReviewÂ for granted. Â I didnâ€™t take a look at it until Paul, travel and techÂ guy here, handed me a few copies a couple years ago. Â Reading it then,Â it was easy to see what has kept it remarkably vital.
What first grabbed me were the interviews included in every issue. Â They are just an obsceneÂ display of literary anecdotes, insight, and wisdom spanning decades:
- Ernest Hemingway
- Ralph EllisonÂ
- Jack Kerouac
- Susan Sontag
- Hunter S. Thompson
- Alice Munro
- Haruki Murakami
The list goes on and on. Â Devote a few hours to browsing through them. Â You can also buy the collected interviews here.
This entire recommendation could probably just consist of lists of theÂ great writers who have been published through the years. Â With fiction,Â poetry, essays, art, and more, The Paris Review is one of the trulyÂ great literary publications. Â Itâ€™s one of the best ways I know of toÂ discover new writers and a ridiculously good value.
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