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Jennifer Egan on why PEN America is suing Trump; Jamal Khashoggi's final column

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The Washington Post has published Jamal Khashoggi’s final column, which was sent to them by Khashoggi’s assistant and translator the day after he went missing. “Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate,” he wrote in a call for press freedom in the Arab world.

PEN America president Jennifer Egan explains why the organization filed a lawsuit against President Trump earlier this week. “The president has done more than vent against the press: he has threatened to use his presidential powers to stymie reporters and news organizations, and has followed through on those threats,” she writes. “Trump’s threats and actions impede the First Amendment rights of journalists and news organizations, and are therefore illegal. We are suing to make him to stop.”

The 2018 TS Eliot Prize shortlist has been announced. Nominees include Tracy K. Smith, Nick Laird, and Terrance Hayes. Winners will be announced in January.

The Lenny Letter website, which grew out of Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s newsletter of the same name, is shutting down today.

Milkman author Anna Burns talks to The Guardian about her Man Booker win.

Tina Turner tells the New York Times By the Book section about ancient Egypt, Buddhism, and Jackie Kennedy. “People are always surprised to hear that Jackie Kennedy is my role model,” Turner said. “I love reading about her childhood, her time in the White House, her sense of style and even her insecurities — it is comforting that someone as seemingly perfect as Jackie could be self-conscious about her imperfections.”