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The Summer Issue: Redefining the Beach Read Since 1953

June 15, 2011 | by

The living is easy—and it’s time for our summer issue! Whether you’re on the beach, in transit, or just enjoying the long days at home, this is an issue to get lost in: find fiction by Jonathan Lethem, Amie Barrodale, and David Gates and the continuing story of Roberto Bolaño’s lost novel The Third Reich, with original illustrations by Leanne Shapton.

Big news: For the first time, readers can buy a digital version of The Paris Reviewfor easy access anytime, anywhere. TPR digital can be read on your iPad, laptop, or mobile device. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s instant gratification!

If, like us, you still enjoy a little sand between the pages of your beach-house reading, buy a subscription to the paper magazine—and get a Paris Review beach towel!* (We’d tell you to tuck it into a TPR tote, but that might sound pushy.)

From the summer issue:

An expansive interview with William Gibson:

What was more important was to name [my landscape] something cool, because it was never going to work unless it had a really good name.  So the first thing I did was sit down with a yellow pad and a Sharpie and start scribbling—infospace, dataspace. I think I got cyberspace on the third try, and I thought, Oh, that’s a really weird word. I liked the way it felt in my mouth—I thought it sounded like it meant something while still being essentially hollow.

A frank interview with Samuel R. Delany:

Finding time to work is the main problem … You write a decent book, and you’re hired as a creative-writing teacher. The next thing you know, you’re director of the program, which basically means you get less time in class and more administration, which nobody likes, so that you can hardly write anything anymore.

Plus …

A portfolio of video art curated by Marilyn Minter. Poetry by Frederick Seidel, Cathy Park Hong, Kevin Prufer, Lia Purpura, D. Nurkse, and Iman Mersal.

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*Dramatization

22 COMMENTS

12 Comments

  1. James | June 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

    So is the “Paris Review Beach Towel” just a plain white towel or is that just a stand in for the photo?

  2. Thessaly La Force | June 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Ah, thanks James. Yes, it’s going to have the Paris Review written across it–for now that is a stand in for the real towel. We’ll share pictures as soon as we have them!

  3. James | June 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Awesome, just what I was hoping for, though that cotton does look pretty plush as it is.

  4. Jeff | June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Are there any plans for a digital version in Kindle format?

  5. Brendan | June 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hi. Last fall, when Mr. Stein announced Issue 194, I left a bitchy comment in this space (under the initial “B”) for which I’d like to offer a belated apology and repudiation. As much as I enjoyed magazine under the Mr. Gourevich, one can hardly say it isn’t just as much fun to read now. I do miss the nonfiction dispatches and photography, but I like the fiction selections more, and admittedly Mr. Gourevich’s insistence on poetry “folios” really wasn’t reasonable. I just got the new issue in the mail, and it’s lovely. Aside from the look and feel and heft of it … nothing smells like The Paris Review just as you unwrap it from the plastic, after it’s been heated in the mailbox all day. Love it! So, anyway: I’m sorry for being a jerk on the internet last fall.

  6. Concerned | June 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    PLEASE DO NOT GO DIGITAL.

  7. Justin | June 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Kindle edition please.

  8. k | June 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    For those of us who are already paper subscribers (I purchased a 3-year subscription last year), is there a way to get digital access free/at a discounted rate? I prefer reading paper, but when traveling or just out on the town, I’m only going to bring my Ipad along, and not paper New Yorker, Paris Review, and NYT.

  9. Jeffrey G Davis | July 10, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I subscribe to the Paris Review, but still have not received the current issue Summer 2011. Can you send me a replacement copy, or check to see why it hasn’t arrived? Thank you.
    Jeff Davis
    Longbranch, WA

  10. Scott | July 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I wish I could get a digital copy of just one issue.

  11. hazel homes | February 2, 2012 at 4:21 am

    It sure would be nice to get a digital copy of this mag for my iPad…
    hazel homes

  12. Best essays | May 31, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Its a descent and so wonderful book. I have read it many times and every time i got something new and amazing in this book.

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