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The Paris Review Interviews

Take a look at the Paris Review Interviews when you can.

They’re captivating, and I’ve benefited from them, especially those conducted in the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, early nineties, before the internet came around.

The interview with editor Gottlieb includes an interplay of notes from him and from writers whom he edited: Didion, Lessing, Crichton, Caro, Morrison, Ozick, Potok, and so on. There’s great material there on the struggle of writing, and the careful work of trained, passionate editors.

You can read the interviews in four collected editions; recently I’ve been tearing through the first three, which I grabbed from a Free Library on the side of the road.

The interviews are fascinating interludes in the lives of writers and editors, and offer hundreds of little, unexpected delights. You don’t need to be a writer, or an aspiring writer, to enjoy these interviews. They are moving stories about real people doing very difficult work, often in conditions quite adverse.