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We live in a period of stunningly quick news cycles, with stories like Ukraine and Covid-19, as well as inflation and politics, and so much more grabbing the interest of our readers. The New York Times Opinion team covers it all. Still, we also have brainstorming sessions to speak about the significant issues and more profound arguments that will last well beyond the most recent breaking news that define American society and culture and impact the way we live and think today.
Our Opinion columnists will be growing in number this year as we bring in more writers and thinkers to struggle with these concepts and help make sense of the topics that everyone is talking about — or that nobody is talking about nearly enough. This is the first of these new columnists, and we’re thrilled to introduce him: Pamela Paul is the editor of The Times Book Review and one of the most inventive journalists and curious minds at The Times. She is the author and editor of eight books and the Book Review’s popular weekly podcast, available on iTunes and Stitcher.
Pamela is a culture omnivore who enjoys talking about anything and everything, from television and movies to multivolume biographies and the classics. She has spent her entire life immersed in the world of ideas, but she has a strong desire to connect those ideas to our everyday lives. Her favorite works for The New York Times reflect this diversity: a report on preschool depression, a story on a lesbian couple who was denied the opportunity to adopt a foster child in West Virginia, and a story about what happens when you are pregnant and have cancer. She’s also written on topics such as reading books you despise, the difficulties of mask-wearing, downgrading your technology, and having horrible hair on television. For Sunday Styles, she had two favorite pieces: one about being bad at camp and another about the demise of the phone call.
Pamela joined The Times in 2011 as the children’s books editor, having previously worked as an arts reporter for The Economist. She is the creator of the By the Book section and the 10 Best Books, live podcast, and event.