Like many of you, we at the Review spend more and more time listening to podcasts. (We take longer doing the dishes, we do extra laps around the block, we keep one earbud in at the drugstore . . . ) So when the audio company Stitcher proposed that we make a podcast of our own, we threw on our headphones and got to work.
We wanted The Paris Review Podcast to distill everything we love about the magazine—our six decades of fiction and poetry and interviews, of course, but also true stories from The Paris Review Daily, rare tape from our -archives, and a snippet of the free-flowing conversation and music that are a constant thread in the history of the Review. In our first season, available now, you’ll hear voices from our past (including those of Maya Angelou, Jack Kerouac, and George Plimpton), plus new readings by LeVar Burton, Stockard Channing, Jesse Eisenberg, Hailey Gates, Dakota Johnson, Marc Maron, Eileen Myles, David Sedaris, Wallace Shawn, and many others. Listen free wherever you get your podcasts or at theparisreview.org.
This fall, we also embarked on a more traditional venture—a book line. This is “traditional” in the sense that we’ve done it before. George Plimpton founded the first Paris Review Editions in 1966, as an imprint of Doubleday & Company. As Maxine Groffsky explained in our last issue, the plan was simple: “the Review would make some money and Doubleday would get some estimable books.” The second part of the plan worked perfectly. In its first incarnation, Paris Review Editions published such cult classics as Harry Mathews’s Tlooth, James Salter’s A Sport and a Pastime, James Schuyler’s Freely Espousing, and Joy Williams’s first novel, State of Grace. These were not best sellers, however, and after seven years the partnership dissolved.
The new Paris Review Editions is completely independent: edited by us, printed by our printer (the excellent Sheridan Press, of Hanover, Pennsylvania), and distributed through our office on Twenty-Seventh Street. As I write these words, our first offering, Women at Work: Interviews from “The Paris Review”, is close to selling out its first printing. Stay tuned for more!