Howard Zinn is dead.
I just found this out, fittingly enough, as I was watching the State of the Union address.
It wasn't unexpected -the man was 87 and lost his wife 2 years ago- but still, it hits hard. The man served his country in WWII, he marched for civil rights and taught at Spelman, and he wrote some of the most important history texts ever written.
If you're unfamiliar with the man's work, go to his site and read an essay or two, go to youtube and watch a lecture. Or check out Democracy Now tomorrow, where I'm sure there will be a tribute in the morning. There's also a movie version of A People's History that'll be out on DVD in February.
We've lost a heavyweight today, take a moment to remember him.