We can think of no more satisfying, inspiring way to while away the hours than with The Paris Review Interviews. We've greeted each new edition with glee, and so we jumped when our friends at Picador offered to give away ten complete sets to ten lucky TEV readers.
It also gives us a chance to spend some time at the wonderful online archive, and to commend it to your attention. What we'll be doing this week is running five interview excerpts, one per day, with the author's name left out. They'll all be available in the archive, and should have enough of a clue to help you figure out who it is.
Once you know, please drop us an email with your guess, your full mailing address, subject line "I'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS." We will take all entries until 8 p.m. PST and select two winners daily. Books will ship right from the publishers, so there will be no delay. And previous winners - even those still awaiting books - may play. And please - don't post your answers in the comments section!
OK, here's today's excerpt. You can find it by trolling the archive. (Oh, and they won't all be this easy.)
INTERVIEWER: If you felt that it was a white man’s world, what made you think that there was any point in writing? And why is writing a white man’s world?
AUTHOR: Because they own the business. Well, in retrospect, what it came down to was that I would not allow myself to be defined by other people, white or black. It was beneath me to blame anybody for what happened to me. What happened to me was my responsibility. I didn’t want any pity. “Leave me alone, I’ll figure it out.” I was very wounded and I was very dangerous because you become what you hate. It’s what happened to my father and I didn’t want it to happen to me. His hatred was suppressed and turned against himself. He couldn’t let it out—he could only let it out in the house with rage, and I found it happening to myself as well. And after my best friend jumped off the bridge, I knew that I was next. So—Paris. With forty dollars and a one-way ticket.
UPDATE: Congratulations to winners Jonathan Weed and Tom Benton, who correctly identified James Baldwin. One down, four to go ...