LITERATURE - Maya Angelou Interview with the Paris Review

November 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Maya Angelou interview by the Paris ReviewMaya Angelou interview by the Paris ReviewScreenshot of candids taken during a 1988 interview with George Plimpton and Maya Angelou for the Paris Review.

A made-up bed, a bottle of Sherry, a dictionary, a Roget's Thesaurus, yellow pads, an ashtray, and a Bible. This random, somewhat odd collection of items are things the late Maya Angelou required when entering the writing process.  This wonderful bit of insight about her begins an hour-long interview she gave to the Paris Review back in the Winter of 1988.  This exchange is a really wonderful piece of history, particularly if you a writer - aspiring or otherwise.

The Paris Review and the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center are making live backtapes of interviews used to create their print pieces available to the public online.  It's a wonderful resource... I hope you check it out!


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