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A Letter from the Editor


September 13, 2010 | by

Two days to go before we officially launch the fall issue—and with it, the redesigned Paris Review. We are told that copies have already arrived at a bookstore near us. Maybe also at one near you.

For the curious, the contents include:

interviews with Michel Houellebecq and Norman Rush

fiction by Lydia Davis, Sam Lipsyte, and newcomer April Ayers Lawson

essays by J. D. Daniels and John Jeremiah Sullivan

poems by Carol Muske-Dukes, Dorothea Lasky, Frederick Seidel, John Tranter, Mark Ford, Daniel Bosch, Charles Harper Webb, and the late, great Giacomo Leopardi

artworks by Tauba Auerbach and Colter Jacobsen

We'll be telling you more about these people, and showing you some of their work, over the next few weeks. But ... it's never too soon to subscribe!



  1. Vegard | September 14, 2010 at 8:17 am

    When can I assume it will arrive in my mailbox overseas (Norway)?

  2. B. | September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I pulled my copy out of the mailbox yesterday, and I have to admit I let out a groan of disappointment when I looked at the table of contents and saw that it had reverted to the tired old pre-2005 format (organized by genre instead of listed in page order). And the editor’s note — just the fact that there is one — strikes me as corny and unnecessary; it’s doubtful that more than a handful of PR subscribers aren’t well familiar with the legend of its founding, and being told that fiction and poetry are Unpopular Yet Still Matter In The 21st Century feels like being pandered to.

    This is just first blush, of course, and no table of contents that includes a Norman Rush interview and poems by Mark Ford can be all bad. But this redesign does seem outright hostile to the changes introduced under Mr. Gourevich, and runs the risk of alienating many of the new readers attracted during his tenure. (As a poetry lover, I was initially resistant but came around to his view that a little goes a long way. And the dispatch and encounter pieces were almost always the most interesting stuff in there.) My worry here is that the magazine will revert to being a curio published out of George Plimpton’s mausoleum.

    By all means, Mr. Stein, put your own stamp on the magazine. Keep us surprised. But please reconsider the table of contents and the resurrected du Bois frontispiece. The nostalgia they provoke is not something that will help keep the Review quote-unquote relevant.

  3. Lorin Stein | September 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Thank you both for your comments.

    Vegard, the printer assures us that your issue should land within the month.

    B, I’m sorry you don’t like the front matter. I only hope
    the contents redeem it. (I doubt you’ll find the curios you’re afraid of!) Please let me know what you think once you’ve had a read.

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