I really miss Edward Said. I've been re-reading Orientalism the past couple of days, and I'm reminded of the vacuum he left behind...Especially in these awful times, when we need him most.
I don't believe in hero worship, and there were times I got impatient with how people were making Said into some oriental knight in shining armor. That's part of the reason I never could finish Ahdaf Souif's syrupy romance The Map of Love, the author's very long love letter to Said.
But I do miss his intellect, his voice, and his moral clarity.