Steve Gilliard

has died. I hope that, sometime soon, The News Blog will post an anthology of sorts so we can all remember what a wonderful, vivid writer he was.

For all that I'll miss his writing on Iraq, military history, and race, I think I'll miss his writing on cooking the most. These are darkening times, and Steve blogged pitilessly on that; but there is more life in being for something -- how and what to grill in New York City, say -- than merely being against everything.

The things of this world break, and they break your heart. Yet they can be delicious in their time. Steve Gilliard knew that.

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