Friday, November 14, 2003

Edward Said: Obit

The Mystery of Edward Said:
Edward Said 1935-2003
Originally appeared in the Jerusalem Report
Date approximate

When I look back on an interview I did with Edward Said in 1999 (for the Atlantic Unbound), I am struck anew both by what I thought was extraordinary about the scholar and activist, and by what disturbed me about the man. At the time, Said was in remission from leukemia, the disease that finally killed him this past September 25, at the age of 67, but he knew the remission was temporary, and the illness was "insidiously creeping back." The long battle with leukemia, in fact, had prompted him to write his memoir, "Out Of Place," the publication of which was the occasion for my interview.