Quarterly Happiness

The Paris ReviewToday we welcome The Paris Review to Zinio, adding to our growing cadre of quarterly literary and academic journals, and magazines with a focus on literature, politics, culture, and the arts.

In all, reading The Paris Review is a great way to forget all about Rep. Anthony’s Weiner’s weird hairless body, or whatever is lighting up the rest of the media universe on any given afternoon. Look back a few decades, and you’ll find The Paris Review has remained home to the world’s most influential writers, artists, and thinkers, from Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, or Truman Capote, to the less-deceased Philip Roth, or Jeffrey Eugenides. The Interview Series alone justifies the price of self-defined “quarterly happiness.” It’s not for everyone, but it’s for you…the stylish, erudite, deeply sensitive readers of the Zinio blog.

The Paris Review - Zinio for iPad

The Paris Review has a formidable digital audience, this year garnishing honors from The Webby Awards in both Best Copy / Writing and Blog, Cultural categories for 2011. This follows a redesign of their website, which makes their archives readable and searchable online, covering around 200 journals.

Though you can surely pick up The Paris Review on any number of eReaders, there’s something really special about seeing it on the iPad for the first time. The book ‘s design is quietly complex, and ePub doesn’t do it justice. Each journal, typically running upwards of 200 pages, is consistently home to illustrations, black and white and color photography, and layout and typography that ePub (i.e., your Kindle) only makes a mess of. It just looks better on the iPad.

The Summer 2011 journal is no exception. It features a series of fleshy, frank, and occasionally surreal photographs from Mika Rottenberg and Laurel Nakadate that I shudder to think displaying in electrophoretic ink.

Laurel Nakadate - Fever Dream with Rabbit

Laurel Nakadate - "Fever Dream with Rabbit," 2009

The latest issue also features the books typical host of literary magnates, including some short fiction from the genreless and mostly brilliant Jonathan Lethem, an interview with William Gibson of ‘cyberpunk’ notoriety on the art of writing, and part 2 of 4 of an unsurprisingly surreal and violent novel by Roberto Bolano.

Keep an eye on Zinio’s catalog of literary magazines. You’ll find Harper’s, The Oxford American, The Three Penny Review, Geist, and a dozens more from around the world–more are sure to come.

And subscribe to The Paris Review. Read it on your shiny iPad. It will make you smarterer.

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One Response to Quarterly Happiness

  1. Ben says:

    Hey! You guys are sophisticated and have a sense of humor! That’s refreshing.

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