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