The Paris Review Interviews, I: 16 Celebrated Interviews

The Paris Review Interviews, I: 16 Celebrated Interviews

The Paris Review Philip Gourevitch Rebecca West Elizabeth Bishop RobertStone Robert Gottlieb Richard Price Billy Wilder / May 22, 2019

The Paris Review Interviews I Celebrated Interviews How do great writers do it From James M Cain s hard nosed observation that writing a novel is like working on foreign policy There are problems to be solved It s not all inspirational to Joan Didion

  • Title: The Paris Review Interviews, I: 16 Celebrated Interviews
  • Author: The Paris Review Philip Gourevitch Rebecca West Elizabeth Bishop RobertStone Robert Gottlieb Richard Price Billy Wilder
  • ISBN: 9780312361754
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • How do great writers do it From James M Cain s hard nosed observation that writing a novel is like working on foreign policy There are problems to be solved It s not all inspirational, to Joan Didion s account of how she composes a book I constantly retype my own sentences Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have It gets me into a rhythm TheHow do great writers do it From James M Cain s hard nosed observation that writing a novel is like working on foreign policy There are problems to be solved It s not all inspirational, to Joan Didion s account of how she composes a book I constantly retype my own sentences Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have It gets me into a rhythm The Paris Review has elicited some of the most revelatory and revealing thoughts from the literary masters of our age For than half a century, the magazine has spoken with most of our leading novelists, poets, and playwrights, and the interviews themselves have come to be recognized as classic works of literature, an essential and definitive record of the writing life They have won the coveted George Polk Award and have been a contender for the Pulitzer Prize Now, Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch introduces an entirely original selection of sixteen of the most celebrated interviews Often startling, always engaging, these encounters contain an immense scope of intelligence, personality, experience, and wit from the likes of Elizabeth Bishop, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Rebecca West, and Billy Wilder This is an indispensable book for all writers and readers.

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        Founded in Paris by Harold L Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953, The Paris Review began with a simple editorial mission Dear reader, William Styron wrote in a letter in the inaugural issue, The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work fiction and poetry not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e somewhere near the back of the book I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages the good writers and good poets, the non drumbeaters and non axe grinders So long as they re good Decade after decade, the Review has introduced the important writers of the day Adrienne Rich was first published in its pages, as were Philip Roth, V S Naipaul, T Coraghessan Boyle, Mona Simpson, Edward P Jones, and Rick Moody Selections from Samuel Beckett s novel Molloy appeared in the fifth issue, one of his first publications in English The magazine was also among the first to recognize the work of Jack Kerouac, with the publication of his short story, The Mexican Girl, in 1955 Other milestones of contemporary literature, now widely anthologized, also first made their appearance in The Paris Review Italo Calvino s Last Comes the Raven, Philip Roth s Goodbye Columbus, Donald Barthelme s Alice, Jim Carroll s Basketball Diaries, Peter Matthiessen s Far Tortuga, Jeffrey Eugenides s Virgin Suicides, and Jonathan Franzen s The Corrections.In addition to the focus on original creative work, the founding editors found another alternative to criticism letting the authors talk about their work themselves The Review s Writers at Work interview series offers authors a rare opportunity to discuss their life and art at length they have responded with some of the most revealing self portraits in literature Among the interviewees are William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, Joan Didion, Seamus Heaney, Ian McEwan, and Lorrie Moore In the words of one critic, it is one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.


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    1. What are writers like? What makes them different? On , for example, they will be the people that write their 'about me' sections in the third person. However, I had a feeling there must be more to that. When I was younger I thought writers were an entirely different caste of people. You can't become a writer, you have to be born one. There are no creative writing courses in Poland, because writing is not something you can teach. It comes from divine inspiration and not from knowing your craft. A [...]


    2. The first of four volumes, this collection presents the most noted conversations published by the esteemed literary periodical, The Paris Review. Known for its access to top-tier contemporary writers and its intimate approach to the craft, the magazine's interview has long been considered one of the key sources of insight into the working life of the artist - be it novelist, poet, screenwriter, historian, or cultural commentator. (Editors also occasionally appear: Robert Gottlieb made the cut he [...]


    3. Read up until the Vonnegut interview (which was great). The rest of these interviews seem less urgent to me, so I'm putting this back on the occasionally-reading shelf.My impressions of the interviews, below:1st Interview: Dorothy ParkerI thought that dear Dorothy certainly had a pose that she was anxious to keep. There were definitely some airs and "well, dahhhhhling," sort of moments. However, I appreciated her good taste. Her favorite contemporary writer was EM Forster (with a wonderful littl [...]


    4. If you've ever tried to write or even wondered about the creative writing process these interviews will have you riveted. I expected some ego and posturing and there is a bit but most of the authors are amazingly honest.even Hemingway as he picks and chooses what he wants to discuss. Most delicious is when these writers give their take on fellow writers. Here's an example from Joan Didion, "There's a passage by Christopher Isherwood in a book of his called `The Condor and the Crows', in which he [...]


    5. This book is darned interesting. As readers we're fascinated by what writers have to say about their work. These interviews provide glimpses of how they think as well as their individual works and what elements shaped them. Every one of the interviews is absorbing, even the one I cared for the least. That was Saul Bellow's. I was disappointed that, as was explained in the introductory remarks to his interview, he felt the need to heavily edit it. That process apparently involved several drafts a [...]


    6. As this is not a novel it is perhaps not necessary to start at the beginning and read through to the end, but I did so nevertheless, utterly enthralled by the intimate view of the writing process. What most writers have in common: they are usually readers too, they seem often to know the beginning of a story and the end, and have to wrestle with the middle, and most of them seem to need a routine, structure and discipline.However what is remarkable is the individuality of the process and attitud [...]


    7. Loved this book. Part of it is the novelty of insightful interviews with T.S. Eliot, Truman Capote, and Earnest Hemingway. But even the interviews with writers I don't know well (Robert Stone, Jack Gilbert) were really interesting. Moving on to the second volume soonA running list of terrific quotes from this book: "I hate almost all rich people, but I think I'd be darling at it." -Dorothy Parker"The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writ [...]


    8. BEST. BOOK. EVER. This book is a required reading for anyone that enjoys literature, authors, or a fascinating glimpse into the artistic process. The remarkable George Plimpston and friends interview everyone from T.S. Eliot to Dorothy Parker to Earnest Hemingway and back again. The interview with Kurt Vonnegut, dealing in part with writing about his experience in Dresden, will blow your mind.


    9. Essential for aspiring writers, near-essential for anyone else interested in a look behind the curtain. Candid, thoughtful back-and-forths with some of the greats of the last century. Watching Plimpton spar with Hemingway over the latter's reluctance to give too much away is worth the price of admission alone.


    10. miamisunpost/archives/2008Bound - Miami SunPostNov. 20, 2008A Gentleman Among MenGeorge Plimpton Was All That and Then SomeBy John Hood George Plimpton and I first met at his Manhattan home back in ’90 or ’91 when he hosted a wedding reception for then Paris Review Senior Editor Fayette Hickox. I was just coming into my ego then and still a bit reticent around celebrity, but Plimpton made me feel immediately welcome into his world. That his world consisted of every 20th century writer of any [...]


    11. You guys, I am such a dork that for years I coveted the four book collection set of these Paris Review interviews. (As in, they've sat in my wish list since like, 2009.) But they're stupidly expensive (like, $150 for the set) so yeah, wishful thinking is right.Imagine my surprise to discover our local library has them! Recently I dived into this one and then was glad I DIDN'T purchase them b/c in the time I had this checked out, I found myself devouring a few, skimming others, and straight up n [...]


    12. What better way to begin this series of interviews than with the delightfully erudite Dorothy Parker followed by the charming, eccentric Truman Capote. You could stop right there and be satiated. But why would you when further on there is an interview with Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Saul Bellow, Borges, Vonnegut, James M. Cain, Elizabeth Bishop and last but never least, Joan Didion who hasn’t ever used a wrong word.Thanks to artful, skilled interlocutors like George Plimpton, you learn about the p [...]


    13. This is the first of four volumes of writer interviews, first published in The Paris Review over the past fifty or so years. I jumped around and saved Kurt Vonnegut (1977) for last, and it was my favourite. I love to read quality interviews, even more than biography, or memoir, because when the chemistry is right between the two participants, thoughts and ideas get pulled forth that might not otherwise surface. The highlights of this volume for me were Hemingway (1958), Dorothy Parker (1956) and [...]


    14. The friend who pressed this volume in my hands was correct -- it is every bit as intelligent, engaging, and exciting to read as he insisted. Vonnegut is funny, Borges sublime, Didion contemplative--- exactly as you would want them to be. (I always hesitate to read interviews, for fear that the interviewee will disappoint by failing to meet some ridiculously high level of sophistication and insight that I've dreamed up.) The real surprise in this volume was Hemingway, who was smart, acerbic, and [...]


    15. The liner notes from this book promise a walk through the minds of literature's greatest, a tour so astounding that it is essentially all you could hope for from an MFA in creative writing. I have never been on a tour through a mind nor earned an MFA, so it's hard to verify these claims. Still, the book is a fine collection of interviews, especially Capote and Hemingway, and it is so so so refreshing to read an interview not constructed to discredit the interviewed or create needless sensational [...]


    16. Interviewer (Plimpton): What would you consider the best intellectual training for the would-be writer?Hemmingway: Let's say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.Me: HAHAHAHAHA


    17. A wonderful read, and really illuminating into writers' processes (all different, unsurprisingly), and also their intentions for specific works. Also, very easily digestible, reading an interview here and an interview there. Really recommended for aspiring writers especially, but I imagine it would be great for anyone interested in literature more generally. I will be starting the next volume in the series soon.


    18. This is my go-to book whenever I get stuck with writing or reading a story. I bought it for the Dorothy Parker interview (which doesn't disappoint - man, was that woman quick), but the rest of the interviews are just as good. Each writer manages to bring his or her own unique writing view to the interview while managing to discuss the universal themes of hard work and innate talent. It's amazint to read Vonnegut and Hemmingway and see the two men agree on a point.


    19. I don't know when I've been so moved by a book. This book of interviews is so rich and I learned so much about my own texture and the texture of those in my life, and of course the creative process. I was amazed as I closed the cover to have the same kind of feeling I have had after reading an exceptionally moving novel or watching a mind-blowing film. It's like every page in this book is golden. It's really a beautiful book.


    20. I am an interview junkie, so this book was pretty much made for me to enjoy. While I enjoyed the chats with Hemingway, Eliot, and Bishop, the highlight for me is the conversation with editor Robert Gottlieb, a very insightful piece that gave outsiders like me a look at how editing works at large publishing companies.


    21. from things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.(hemingway)


    22. I am reading this chapter by chapter, little at a time, like eating a box of really good, very expensive chocolates. The Hemingway interview is worth the price of the book. Nov. 2009: Now I've read GEORGE BEING GEORGE, the equally delicious book about George Plimpton,, which must be read side-by-side with the PARIS REVIEW interviews. Could not put it down.


    23. Excellent collection of interviews. James M. Cain, Dorothy Parker, Saul Bellow and Kurt Vonnegut being some fo my favorites but every one is interesting, even the writers I don't really know about. A great book you can come back to again and again.


    24. This collection is super cool. Interviews with the contemporary authors that take place over the course of the last fifty years and were originally published in the Paris Review. Borges, Hemingway, Vonnegut alone make this collection worthwhile. Poets and screenwriters also included.


    25. Fascinating. I read parts of this book atleast once a month. Vonnegut has an interesting interview in it, for all you Vonnegut fans. My favorite interviews are probably the Capote and Lessing interviews.



    26. Totally the best collection of interviews out there. For anyone interested in writing or the lives of various writers.The Borges interview may be the best.


    27. I have been reading this on and off for about a year. The interviews are the best I've ever read, and are incredibly inspiring. Particular fondness for Didion.


    28. This is a fabulous book to have around. You've read books by these people, but after reading these interviews you'll want to read 'em all again.



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