An audio odyssey through the life and times of The Paris Review, featuring a phantasmagoric blend of classic stories and poems; interviews with the likes of James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, and Dorothy Parker; and new work and original readings by the cutting-edge writers of our time. Listen ad-free on Stitcher Premium.
Episode 12: “Thunder, They Told Her”
The final episode of Season 1. Jamaica Kincaid in conversation and reading her short story “What I Have Been Doing Lately”; James Salter’s story “Bangkok” read by Dick Cavett; Sadie Stein encounters a literary specter on the 1 Train; Frederick Seidel reads his poem “The End of Summer”; and Caitlin Youngquist reads Robert Bly’s “Choral Stanza 1,” which appeared in the very first issue of The Paris Review, in the Spring of 1953.
Episode 11: “Tomorrow’s Reason”
Shotguns, peacocks, golf, acid. Editor Terry McDonell recounts his 1984 visit, along with George Plimpton, to Hunter S. Thompson’s home in Colorado, including never-before-heard archival tape; a poem by Pablo Neruda, translated by Alastair Reid and read by Antonio Gueudinot; and actor Paul Heesang Miller reads “William Wei,” a short story by Amie Barrodale.
“Emerging” from Extravagaria by Pablo Neruda, translated by Alastair Reid. Translation copyright © 1974 by Alastair Reid. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Episode 10: “The Occasional Dream”
David Sedaris reads Frank O’Hara; Mary-Louis Parker reads Joy Williams; Dakota Johnson reads Roberto Bolaño; John Ashbery is scored by musician Steve Gunn; and The Paris Review’s Southern Editor, John Jeremiah Sullivan, sings Robert Johnson.
“A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island” from The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara by Frank O'Hara, copyright © 1971 by Maureen Granville-Smith, Administratrix of the Estate of Frank O'Hara, copyright renewed 1999 by Maureen O'Hara Granville-Smith and Donald Allen. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
“Soonest Mended” from The Double Dream of Spring by John Ashbery. Copyright © 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966 by John Ashbery. Used by permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of the author. All rights reserved.
Episode 9: “God, Etc.”
A frat boy encounters the divine in Benjamin Nugent’s story “God,” performed by Jesse Eisenberg; Rowan Ricardo Phillips examines the difference between heaven and paradise in his poem “Kingdom Come”; and Kristin Dombek sends us a “Letter from Williamsburg.”
Episode 8: “Questionable Behavior”
Stockard Channing and Anna Sale re-create the Review’s 1956 interview with Dorothy Parker; writer Idra Novey talks about the taste of the letter h; Helga Davis reads Alexia Arthurs’s short story “Bad Behavior”; acclaimed playwright John Guare shares former Review editor Blair Fuller’s true story “An Evening with J. D. Salinger”; and Jeff Gleaves, the Review’s Digital Director, recites Elena Wilkinson’s poem “After the Loss of a Limb.”
Episode 7: “The Listening Forest”
Denise Levertov’s poem “Sound of the Axe,” read by actor Glynis Bell; Eudora Welty tells George Plimpton about the time Henry Miller visited her in Jackson, Mississippi, and recounts the mysterious tale of Thelma; Ottessa Moshfegh reads her story “A Dark and Winding Road.”
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Episode 6: “The Beetle and the Butterfly”
Eudora Welty recalls the time her mother saved Dickens; David Sedaris ponders the unsettled dead in his essay “Letter from Emerald Isle”; Nadja Spiegelman reads Sharon Olds’s poem “The Beetle”; and Peter Ho Davies’s short story “The Ends” tells a tale of Nazis, gallows, and basketball.
Episode 5: “To See You Again”
Acclaimed poet Eileen Myles reads “Sweet Heart”; two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser lends her voice to Lucia Berlin’s story “B.F. and Me”; author Caleb Crain encounters the angel of death; and Brian Cullman shares a story about the time Van Morrison bought him a drink.
Episode 4: “Missed Connections”
Marc Maron reads “The Worm in Philly,” a story by Sam Lipsyte; Robert Pattinson reads a poem by James Wright; George Plimpton recalls a boxing match in Hemingway's dining room; and Sadie Stein shares a true story about missed connections.
Episode 3: “I Was There”
LeVar Burton recreates the Review’s Art of Fiction interview with James Baldwin; Morgan Parker reads her poem “Hottentot Venus”; Dakota Johnson reads a poem by Dorothea Lasky; and Lorin Stein reads “Why Don’t You Dance?,” a classic story by Raymond Carver.
Episode 2: “Always Leaving”
A visit to Jack Kerouac’s house ends with the story of Buddha; Hailey Gates reads a poem by Erica Ehrenberg about love and moving on; and Donnetta Lavinia Grays reads “My Wife, In Converse,” Shelly Oria’s tale of marriage, poetry, and cooking class.
Episode 1: “Times of Cloud”
Episode 1, “Times of Cloud,” features the poet and downtown icon Eileen Myles reading a poem by James Schuyler; archival tape of Maya Angelou interviewed by George Plimpton, the founding editor of the Review; the legendary actor and writer Wallace Shawn reading Denis Johnson’s famous story “Car-Crash While Hitchhiking”; and a true story by Sadie Stein, read by herself, about doing the twist alone on a Tuesday night.
The Paris Review invites you on an audio odyssey through fiction, archival tape, interviews, and late nights with the likes of James Baldwin, Dorothy Parker, and the cutting-edge writers of our time. Featuring readings from LeVar Burton, Stockard Channing, Jesse Eisenberg, Marc Maron, Eileen Myles, David Sedaris, Dick Cavett, Dakota Johnson, and more!