It was 51 years ago in Paris that a trio of American writers launched a quarterly literary publication that would eventually go on to introduce and highlight many of contemporary literature's brightest stars. The Paris Review, which recently published its 210th issue, has grown into a bastion of expert writing. It has shepherded some of the most celebrated writers into the literary consciousness (early names include Jack Kerouac and Philip Roth), and more recently, pushers of modern luminaries like Jeffrey Eugenides and Jonathan Franzen. Needless to say, it's a kingmaker for those whose medium is the written word.
It may no longer be published from the City Of Lights, but the institution hums as smoothly as ever from an eclectically decorated, modest office space in Manhattan. We were lucky enough to get a peek inside with help from our photographer pal Paul Barbera. It's like pulling back the curtain on a room where writers' dreams are made manifest.