obituaries

How Elmore Leonard wrote all his books

Crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died at the age of 87. Here's a neat tidbit from an old profile.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 20, 2013

Jack Germond: ‘I’m not saying another word until they bring me a martini’

A wonderful story about the late Jack Germond.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 14, 2013

Aaron Swartz, American hero

The bullying prosecution of Aaron Swartz might be a sign that we're losing the tolerance for dissent, irreverence, and disrespect for authorities that made this country great.

  • Tim Lee
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  • Jan 13, 2013

Remembering — and honoring — Richard Ben Cramer

Do whatever it takes to get "What It Takes" to #1 on Amazon.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 8, 2013

Jack Klugman’s secret, lifesaving legacy

You probably know Jack Klugman for his role as the crusading medical examiner on "Quincy." You probably don't know his role as a crusading policy entrepreneur in Washington.

  • Joshua Green
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  • Dec 25, 2012

Arlen Specter’s war on cancer

Arlen Specter died this week at the age of 82. The cause was cancer. But it wasn't a one-sided fight. Before he died, Specter launched a spectacular and shockingly successful legislative assault on the disease.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Oct 16, 2012