We arrived last eve to Hawthorne. The drive up into the Hudson Valley as picturesque as always. Was a balmy 100 degrees when we landed at Newark. Just what we were looking for on this stay. The heat & humidity reminding both of us of our childhood, and how much we liked the steamy-ness of this time of year. I have so many wonderful memories of playing tennis in July and literally wringing out my shirt creating a huge puddle of water. The house once again welcoming us with open arms. This stack of Paris Review travelling along in our bags to supply many hours of reading enjoyment for this visit and many more. We stock back issues at the shops–they create an instant collection. I read a great interview on the plane with author Jay McInerney. Each issue always packed with literary goodness. We are up early for one of many journeys into Hudson. Breakfast at our favorite spot on Warren Street our ritual to kick-off the welcome back. Lovely, as always, to have you all along…
Always fun to have a magazine or two along with a good book tucked into your bag for a little Summer reading. Whether it be the beach, the bus, or your backyard. We have you covered with a variety of titles not always easily found. From short stories, to pretty gardens, to a new recipe to try with friends.
For not being a bookstore, we carry a crazy number of books, which I adore because they are always titles that have meaning to me. Along with quite a few hard to find magazines. All just part of the stew that hopefully makes each shop visit part of the magical journey. A few caught my eye as I was straightening up things at the end of a busy Friday shopping day. A little week-end reading…
The latest edition of the PARIS REVIEW has landed at the shops. They fit quite nicely on both front tables in our pink & green displays. I love when that happens. These are the perfect read for a bedside table, working beautifully in a guest room. We carry many back issues, so a little collection on a bookshelf is swell too.
Here is a little information from Wikipedia about the history of the magazine:
The Paris Review is a quarterly literary magazine established in Paris in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton. In its first five years, The Paris Review published works by Jack Kerouac, Philip Larkin, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Terry Southern, Adrienne Rich, Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett, Nadine Gordimer, Jean Genet and Robert Bly.
The Review’s “Writers at Work” series includes interviews with Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Irwin Shaw, Elizabeth Bishop, and Vladimir Nabokov, among many hundreds of others. The series has been called “one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.”
An editorial statement, penned in the inaugural issue by William Styron, stated the magazine’s aim.
“The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines. […] I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.”
Happy first day of Spring everyone!
I am very happy to report that the PARIS REVIEW has landed at the shops! I mentioned a bit ago that carrying issues at WK has been on my wish list for ages. After I wrote that post I contacted them that very day and placed my order. To my delight, the stacks were waiting for me when we returned from New York, and are now out on the floor ready to be gobbled up.
They really make a great collection. That was my thought about carrying many of the back issues. Similar to old New Yorkers, you can just pick up a copy and be transported by an article or an interview, so the magazine being the ‘current’ issue is not really so important. Plus I really like the coloring of the spines together and think they would look pretty swell in a bookcase or stacked on a desk. What is on the outside is almost as good as what is on the inside!
We were in the city for the day and I had a bit of free time so I picked up the latest copy of the PARIS REVIEW for my reading time at Hawthorne. It is always filled with interesting and inspirational original writing, poetry, interviews and artwork. It is a literary magazine with a very visual twist.
This taken from their website.
Founded in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953, The Paris Review began with a simple editorial mission: “Dear reader,” William Styron wrote in a letter in the inaugural issue, “The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.”
The issues are not yet available at the shops, but adding them has been on my “to-do” list so look for copies in the coming months.