ALICE ATTIE is a visual artist and poet who teaches at Barnard College. Harlem on the Verge, her first book of photographs, has just been published by Quantluck Lane/W.W. Norton.
The death of Edward Said, after a long and valiant battle with leukemia, is a loss for the entire world community. An intellectual in the grandest sense of the term, professor of literature, music critic, activist, and great friend to many worldwide, he was an inspiration to many of us; he helped shape over and over again the meaning and the exigency of our "common project," political, intellectual, and artistic.