Paris Review Names New Editor

From a New York Times story by John Williams headlined “Paris Review Names New Editor”:

The Paris Review said that Emily Stokes would be its new editor, making her the sixth person to lead the prestigious New York-based literary magazine since its founding in 1953.

On March 3, the magazine announced that its previous editor, Emily Nemens, was stepping down less than three years after she had assumed the role.

Stokes has been a senior editor at The New Yorker since 2018. She has also worked as an editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Harper’s magazine, and The Financial Times.

Before Nemens, The Paris Review’s editors have been Lorin Stein, who resigned in 2017 amid an internal inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, Philip Gourevitch, Brigid Hughes and George Plimpton, a co-founder of the magazine.

“I am excited to continue The Paris Review’s tradition of discovery — to publish a diverse mixture of emerging writers, writers in translation, established writers in need of celebration,” Stokes said.

At a time of incessantly news-driven reading, she added, she welcomes the magazine’s focus on more evergreen writing. “I’ve always loved that The Paris Review doesn’t try to drive the conversation or tell us what we need to know; it’s decisively out of step with its time. It’s a refuge, a space for the writing that we read for pleasure, to feel alive, and that we want to talk to our close friends about.”

Stokes said she would start her new job sometime in May.

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