“You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices… The library, on the other hand, has no biases. The information is all there for you to interpret. You don’t have someone telling you what to think. You discover it for yourself.”
So said Ray Bradbury in a 2010 interview with the storied literary magazine, an interview that you can now access, along with the hundreds of others published since Review’s birth in 1953, from the palm of your hand. For free.
The Paris Review app is here, everyone, and what a tool it is. The magazine’s entire library archive is available for preview or purchase, plus all its tremendous interviews from Angelou to Updike that will leave you swimming in quotable nuggets and inspiriational writing advice. There’s also The Daily, their cultural gazette. And it’s all portable, able to slip into your pocket via iPhone (or bag via iPad) for the best on-the-go library… well, maybe ever. Got writer’s block? See what got Borges going in 1967. Forgot a book on the train? There are pages of undiscovered fiction and poetry in each new issue. And, as Bradbury so correctly put it, the choice is up to you. Your favorite authors, your creative exploration, your words-on-a-page escape. No required reading list.
the nugget: It’s free, and better than that pontificating grad student presiding over your 40K Intro to Brit Lit class.