Aesop and The Paris Review



A concentrated treatment to reinvigorate intellect and imagination.

How to Use

Read attentively from cover to cover at least once; repeat as desired. For best results, pair with a responsible intake of red wine.


Erudition, insouciance, concision, onomatopoeia, allegory, exposition, allusion, anastrophe, synecdoche, metaphor, ekphrasis, irony, verisimilitude, euphony, assonance, litotes, caesurae, alliteration, metonymy.

What to Expect

Aroma: ink, paper
Product texture: smooth, substantial
Feel: stimulated, transported

We recommend pairing this stimulating read with application of a facial cleansing masque. 

So reads the description of The Paris Review on the Aesop site, where you’ll find it for sale among the Parsley Seed Cleansing Masques, Violet Leaf Hair Balm, and Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream. (To the best of our knowledge, ours is the only item containing ekphrasis.) 

The Review and Aesop have been in collaboration since 2013, as anyone who’s walked through Chelsea these past few years knows: the Aesop store on Ninth Avenue, mere blocks from our offices, has a design steeped in the history of the Review. Its ceiling is a floating sculpture comprising about a thousand original covers from the magazine. Its walls are adorned with photos, letters, and other ephemera from our archive.

And now we’re delighted to say we’ve expanded our partnership. You’ll find each new edition of The Paris Review
 at thirty Aesop doors globally, including stores in Tiquetonne, Paris; Mitte, Berlin; and Prinsensgate, Oslo. It’s also available at Aesop Online in Australia, France, Hong Kong, Japan, and the UK. See below for a full list.

Aesop also produces a literary magazine of their own, The Fabulist, which we highly recommend. In its latest issue you’ll find pieces from Gary Indiana, Michael Barron, Gemma Sieff, and Ottessa Moshfegh, who won our Plimpton Prize in 2013.


An illustration by Hayley Powers of the collaborative Aesop/Paris Review store on Ninth Avenue.



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