Aug 13, 2022
Pamela Paul was books editor at
the New York Times from 2013 to March 2022 when she became an
opinion columnist for the newspaper.
We talk mostly about the role that
books editors play in the lifecycle of 'the book.' I also whine a
fair amount about how I don't like the fact that she left her
position plus we diverge into discussion about Pamela's recent opinion piece
'There's More Than One Way to Ban a Book.'
Topics tackled also include
self-censorship in the publishing business (being a terribly
perceptive observer of the book world I boldly assert that there
must also be self-censorship going on at The Times itself); the
importance of enabling all voices to be heard in the grand public
debate; identity; Pamela's
confident, informed, smart, pleasant presence on The Review podcast
each week; her early ambitions for the books section; how the job
changed her; how books are chosen for review; the role of preview
editors and publicists; Pamela's guilt and sense of responsibility; and my love
of her voice.