If you don’t know about The Paris Review‘s series of interviews with the greatest writers who ever lived, you’re missing out. I didn’t know about them until a few days ago, I’m ashamed to say. A friend knew I liked William Gibson, author of my favorite sci-fi series of all time, the sprawl trilogy, so he Skyped me an interview with him. It turned out it was from The Paris Review. Print magazines are a dying breed but the loss of The Paris Review would create a cultural vortex you couldn’t recreate. It’s survived since 1953, so it has a lot of history crammed into its pages.
I’ve read a number of interviews with Gibson and I saw him talk when I was in college at NYU, at a local Barnes and Noble. But I’ve never read one where he opened up as much as he did there. Unlike most interviews, I actually finished this one and noticed there were more. I did a search and was shocked to see interviews with pretty much every author I’ve loved or hated in my entire life. I’m spending the next few days reading them, but I thought I would link up to some of the best ones right here. I suspect you can learn pretty much all you need to know about writing by reading through these, saving yourself a few bucks on an MFA in the process:
That’s not all. You can check out the full Paris Review interview cycle here.