I was rather shocked to read, over the weekend, that journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Shadid had died, of asthma complications, at the age of 43.
I don't know that I've written about it before, but if you haven't read Shadid's book Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War, you should. His death is a real loss: he was one of the few people who could write about the Middle East like he had a brain in his head.*
*A new book of his is due out this spring as well, titled House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.