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 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!