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A Letter from the Editor

2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards

October 28, 2010 | by

Last night, ten writers “of exceptional talent and promise in early career” received $50,000 each from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. We proudly lay claim to two of them: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, whose story, “Most Livable City,” appeared our spring 2006 issue; and our special Dostoevsky correspondent, Elif Batuman.

In his speech congratulating the winners, The Paris Review’s own Peter Matthiessen spoke from experience, counseling novelists in the crowd to intersperse their fiction with gigs that get them out into the world. He also reminisced about the early days of the Review with much sympathy—if not consolation—for young writers facing the sophomore slump.

We add our congratulations to his!

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  1. Chris Shultz | October 29, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hello, I’ve found no other way to contact you online, so I figured I would just post a comment. Reading your interview from the archives with Hunter Thompson, I noticed that you quote him as saying that he used to drink on Birdstown Rd. in Louisville. I don’t think there’s a Birdstown Rd. in Louisville, but I know there’s a Bardstown Rd.

  2. Thessaly La Force | October 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Thanks Chris, for letting us know about this.

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