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The "New York Times" in the Trump era; Colm Toibin tours Dublin

Colm Toibin

The New York Times’s publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, told a CNN conference in New York that the mission of the paper hasn’t changed in the Trump era: “We seek the truth, we hold power to account and we help people to understand the world. And we’re just doing that with a different story right now.” As Erik Wemple points out, that’s not good enough for many readers, who, as a recent article by Jay Rosen in PressThink notes, have more power over the publication than ever before, and are using that pressure to urge the Times to forcefully call out Trump’s lies. 

At the Paris Review Daily, John Wray talks about his new novel, Godsend, with Valeria Luiselli. 

In the Irish Times, Colm Toibin tours the streets of Dublin and writes about the city’s “peculiar intensity.” Toibin meditates on the lives of Irish writers such as Beckett, Wilde, Joyce, and Yeats, visiting literary haunts and landmarks, including the National Library: “The domed reading room has not changed since the time of Yeats and Joyce. It has the same light and layout, the same noises, perhaps even some of the same people, or maybe they just look similar.”

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced its 2018 Literary Prize winners. The nonfiction award went to Jeanne Theoharis for A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History; in fiction, Carmen Maria Machado received the prize for Her Body and Other Parties.

Tonight at the New York Public Library, Susan Orlean will discuss The Library Book with Paul Holdengraber; at Symphony Space, author and musician John Darnielle will host a reading of “speculative, spooky, sensational stories,” by actors including Molly Ringwald and Michael Shannon.