Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Dead at 89

Sad news from Moscow: Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died. He was a Nobel laureate and a literary giant. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is one of my favorite books and has been since I first picked it from a summer A.P. English reading list more than ten years ago; Cancer Ward is excellent as well. I own a copy of The First Circle, waiting to be read.

Solzhenitsyn was not afraid to speak truth to power, be it the Soviet regime that imprisoned him, or, in his infamous speech at Harvard's 1978 commencement, modern Western culture. His voice will be missed.