Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story “[is] much more idiosyncratic, intriguing, and enlightening than a generic Greatest Hits list, or another how-to book on the craft of short story writing. It also glitters with gem-like aphorisms and insights,” says Bill Morris in his interview with Paris Review deputy editor Sadie Stein.
In the interview, Sadie explains why she and Lorin Stein (Paris Review editor and of no relation) chose to compile a collection of short stories from the magazine’s past issues (with introductions from contemporary authors):
One thing that interests (Lorin Stein) and all of us at the Review is this conversation between being relevant while drawing on the richness of our archive.
… And what The Paris Review hopes Object Lessons will accomplish:
We hope it will remind people how pleasurable reading short stories can be. We hope it will introduce them to some writers they weren’t familiar with. I think you can learn a lot about writing from it, but I hope it’s pleasurable first and foremost.
You can read the interview in full at The Millions.