This came as a complete surprise to me. Alexander Cockburn has died. I did not know he was terminally ill, and had been so for some considerable time.
I’ve read him on and off for many years in the usual places — The Nation, CounterPunch, etc — and even his periodic pieces in that excellent and quirky flamethrowing newspaper The Anderson Valley Advertiser, which almost nobody has ever heard of.
A good and fearless writer, with withering wit and an easy and felicitous style, from a family where excellent and fearless writing is the norm.
I recommend the Counterpunch website to all. Not as a place to find agreement necessarily, though there will be some of that unless you’re crazy, but certainly as a source of thoughtful commentary on a wide range of topics.
I’m going to miss this guy.