071: Read Like a Writer – Interview with Lorin Stein (editor of The Paris Review)

Hello hello Word Nerds and welcome to Episode 71 of DIY MFA radio.

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

Lorin 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.


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.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/071

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