If you enjoy literary fiction, you’ll know well the famous Paris Review. You need a subscription for much of the best content but much is online for free — now including podcasts. The inaugural podcast is 45 minutes long and hosted by the editor of the Paris Review, Lorin Stein. The podcast series is based on re-surfacing pieces from the archive, and it is vast. It’s for you if you enjoy hearing interviews with authors talking about life and writing craft and hearing fiction in audio format.
WRITING CRAFT AND EXPERIENCES: Writers describe their first time
The podcasts will draw on past audio material. The Paris Review is famous not only for publishing fiction, but also for interviews with famous writers, including on how they write. One of the highlights of the first episodes is the amazing Maya Angelou describing in an interview how she reads aloud from the Bible for the melody of the language — while drinking sherry.
A great set of free video interviews from the , if you enjoy hearing about CRAFT is the “My First Time” collection.Here’s a trailer and the individual videos. These short interviews about how breakthrough experiences — what it felt like to get there and enjoy that first work to ‘make it big’. The sources of inspiration for these authors vary as widely as their backgrounds. Everyone ‘got there’ in a very different way.
THE PARIS REVIEW: LISTENING TO GREAT AUTHORS READ THEIR OWN WORKS
In this first episode includes longtime Paris Review editor, Sadie Stein, reading her own work. If you want to know better what’s in a great author’s mind you can read interviews and articles details aspects of their lives and the ways in which they think, but equally insightful is to listen to an author giving life to their own works. You get a whole new layer of meaning because so much of human communication comes from more than pure words – a huge layer lies in prosody, the way we impart meaning through the way we speak. Hearing words is different for many than seeing them. Moreover, when personally read by the author, we hear yet more of what the author meant. It can be a lesson in itself to aspiring writers. The author adds expression through pauses, emphases, and additional sounds like laughter. You can hear the choice sounds of sarcasm in a voice, or sadness, or frustration. Especially dialogues come alive when read: characters acquire voices — and best, they come from their creator.
LISTENING YOURSELF: THE PARIS REVIEW PODCAST
(The announcement from the Paris Review email list)
Over the course of this season, you’ll hear fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays culled from our strange and unique sixty-four-year archive, all of it voiced by an unforgettable cast of readers, as well as vintage tape of some of our favorite authors.
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.
Subscribe and look for new episodes every Wednesday. Let us know what you think in the comment section of Apple Podcasts.
Thanks for tuning in,
Lorin Stein, Editor