The Paris Review 205: A Warm Welcome

On Thursday night, The Paris Review hosted a launch party — its first in the magazine’s new 27th Street office — for its 205th issue. Attendees who braved the soggy weather found what is, likely, the office of their dreams: bookshelves full of back issues, framed Review advertisements and covers from decades past, and limitless alcohol.

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As for the issue itself, the expectations couldn’t be higher. Said editor Lorin Stein: “We’ve been weak — weak is probably not the right word — on our Art of Biography interview series, but we have two here [one with Michael Holroyd and another with Hermione Lee].” The issue also boasts a third interview: The Art of Fiction with Imre Kertész, which Kertész promises will be his last interview. But it’s Patrizia Cavalli’s ten poems that seemed to excite Stein the most. “They’re love poems,” he said, “and there are never enough love poems.”

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–Jake Zucker is the Editorial Assistant for Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and wears sunglasses on the net.

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