Episode 71: Read Like a Writer – Interview with Lorin Stein

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hello hello Word Nerds and welcome back to DIY MFA Radio.

Today I’m interviewing Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review,  and we’ll be talking about literature, reading, and what makes stories great. We’ll also be discussing a book he recently edited titled The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review.

But first, here’s a little bit about Lorin. He joined The Paris Review as its third editor in 2010. During his tenure, the Review has received two National Magazine Awards, as well as Webby honors, Pushcart Prizes, and O’Henry Awards. Stein’s criticism and translations have appeared in The New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, n+1, and Harper’s. He is also an editor-at-large at FSG (an imprint of MacMillan) and he lives in New York City.

Listen to the full interview below.

In this episode Lorin and I discuss:

  • Literary fiction
  • What he looks for when discovering new voices in literature.
  • The importance of reading as a writer.
  • What makes interesting writing.
  • The benefits that writers can gain from writing and reading short form literature.

Plus, Lorin’s #1 tip for writers.


Unprofessional_cvr-3_large_store_7938f007-b78f-4246-b0cc-697696d104e3_largeIf you want to learn more about Lorin Stein and The Paris Review, check out The Paris Review’s website and follow The Paris Review on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Also, check out their recent book–The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review–which showcases writing from The Paris Review from the past five years.

Link to Episode 71

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Until next week, keep writing and keep being awesome.


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