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5 stars, 2 faults,
This review is from: The Paris Review Interviews: v. 1 (Paperback)This series of interviews has two faults: One, it is limited to four volumes. Two, it is limited to writers who have never, or only by accident, written in one of today's most popular genres, crime fiction. Hoping to have corrected both of these faults in a few volumes of "The Crime Interviews" (The Crime Interviews: Volume One), I would like to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to Philip Gourevitch for giving so many worthy interviewers and interviewees a home in this collection.
What "The Paris Review Interviews" have shown is that a good interviewer's purpose is not to catch interviewees off guard, but to capture the fullest possible account of their writing lives; who they are, what they have done, and how they do what they do best.
The result to date is more than a collection in four volumes. It is a communion of writers and readers, a timeless occasion upon which writers with something to say can hope to be heard, either to create the definitive portrait of the artist or a deft contribution to his or her ultimate portrait.