Damn! First it was Kurt Vonnegut. Now, within the same month, another writer who had a strong influence on my choice of career, David Halberstam--author of The Powers That Be, The Best and the Brightest, and assorted other books--has died. Killed in a car crash yesterday south of San Francisco, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was only 73 years old.
The New York Times, for which he once covered the Vietnam War, has a fine remembrance here. Salon offers a trio of print interviews with the author here, while National Public Radio archives eight interviews with Halberstam on subjects ranging from the war on Iraq to baseball. Listen to those here.