I met Pamela Paul after she mentioned previous guest John Sargent in a piece, There’s More Than One Way to Ban a Book. I found her column covered issues others shy away from. I was curious what motivated her.
We talked about what motivates her to write, how she chooses her columns, and how she writes. I was looking for encouragement to take on difficult topics with confidence, since I’m doing it in my book. I’m concerned my book could be maybe not banned but attacked for taking on topics people tell me to shy away from.
She gives an inside view of an industry and vaunted institution. She also encouraged me a lot. If you’re interested in exploring your boundaries, I expect her words will help you too.