The Paris Review announced earlier this month that Philip Gourevitch, editor of the magazine for the past five years, will step down. I only today got around to visiting the website to read the Nov. 6 press release, and it is full of praise for Gourevitch and what he has accomplished during his tenure. What I find very interesting is that he is described as a worthy successor to George Plimpton, the magazine's longtime editor, as if Plimpton had handed the reins to him directly. There is no mention made of Brigid Hughes, who was named editor after Plimpton's death and then forced to leave a year later. Hughes has acquitted herself nicely by launching A Public Space, another fine magazine.
A search committee will find a successor to Gourevitch.