Pamela Paul

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Pamela Paul is the Editor of the New York Times Book Review.[1] She joined the Times in 2011 and served as children's books editor and Features Editor for the book review before her 2013 promotion.[2][3][4] She is also the author or editor of four books,

  • The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002),
  • Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships and our Families (2005),
  • "Parenting, Inc.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers -- And What It Means for Our Children" (2008).
  • "By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review" (2014).[5]

She is a former columnist for The New York Times, for which she wrote the "Studied" column, and for Worth Magazine, for which she wrote about financial issues and family. She has been a contributor to Time Magazine, and a regular writer for The Atlantic. Earlier in her career, Paul worked as senior editor at the erstwhile American Demographics magazine. She is a former contributor to The Economist, and has written for many other publications.

After the publication of Pornified, she testified on the subject of pornography before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[6] She has appeared on many television[7] and radio shows in the U.S., Canada, and in the UK, speaking about social trends, and has spoken at conferences on the social costs of pornography and related topics.[8]

Paul hosts the New York Times Book Review podcast.


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  • Paul, Pamela (2003). The starter marriage and the future of matrimony. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 9780812966763. 
  • Paul, Pamela (2005). Pornified: How pornography is transforming our lives, our relationships, and our families. New York: Times Books. ISBN 9780805081329. 
  • Paul, Pamela (2008). Parenting, Inc.: How we are sold on $800 strollers, fetal education, baby sign language, sleeping coaches, toddler couture, and diaper wipe warmers - and what it means for our children. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9780805082494. 
  • Paul, Pamela, ed. (2014). By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review. New York: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9781627791458. 



  1. ^ "Pamela Paul is Named New York Times Book Review Editor,", April 9, 2013
  2. ^ announcement from Sam Tanenhous and David Kelly, February 2, 2012
  3. ^ Job Moves Publishers Weekly, January 21, 2011
  4. ^ "Pamela Paul Named Children's Books Editor at 'NYTBR'," Diane Roback, Publishers Weekly, January 21, 2011
  5. ^ Publisher's website for 2014 book
  6. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary web site "Testimony of Pamela Paul Author of Pornified," November 10, 2005
  7. ^ The Today Show, December 7, 2011
  8. ^ e.g. "The Social Costs of Pornography" was organized by the Witherspoon Institute in conjunction with the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, DC and held at Princeton University, December 11–13, 2008. Videos at

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