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:

William Gibson

Ernest Hemingway

William Faulkner

John Updike

Jack Kerouac

Raymond Carver

Henry Miller

Vladimir Nabokov

Jonathan Franzen

Stephen King

William S Burroughs

Ralph Ellison

Jose Louis Borges

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Aldous Huxley

Ray Bradbury

Kurt Vonnegut

Anthony Burgess

John Irving

Chinua Achebe

Salman Rushdie

Ken Kesey

James Ellroy

That’s not all.  You can check out the full Paris Review interview cycle here.