Over at the Paris Review, you can catch what might be a singular opportunity: James Salter, Mona Simpson, John Jeremiah Sullivan and Lorin Stein in conversation with Charlie Rose on the celebrated magazine’s sixtieth anniversary. The conversation, which recently took place, is a look at back at George Plimpton, the founder editor who is the subject of a new documentary “Plimpton,” but it’s also a look into the review’s history, published writers, and inner workings. Be sure to catch Mona Simpson on her early days reading the slush pile, and Lorin Stein on the origins of the legendary Paris Review interviews. The discussion about the interviews is especially fascinating:

Stein quotes Plimpton on the format of the celebrated interviews, who referred to them as “an essay in dialog about technique.”

And don’t miss James Salter on what it was like to have his first published story in what Time magazine called “the biggest little magazine in the world.”


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