Bobby Ghosh in Time on deceased New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid A fellow foreign correspondent, Ghosh describes the Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer winner (pictured above) who died Thursday in Syria of an apparent asthma attack. "That was Tony’s great gift: his insatiable curiosity about — and deep empathy for — ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. His journalism was shot through with this quality, enriched by it. Yes, he interviewed heads of state and talking heads, but it was his familiarity with the lives of Iraqis, Lebanese, Egyptians, Libyans and Syrians that made him the best journalist operating in the Middle East."
Gish Jen in The New York Times on Jeremy Lin The op-ed contributor and author salutes the New York Knicks basketball star for revealing the complex relationship between culture and the individual. "Who knows what will happen now that athletic Asian-American kids can say, 'Look at Jeremy Lin!'?" Jen writes. "As the psychologist Jerome S. Bruner has observed, cultures do offer us templates, but even the simplest culture offers a variety of choices; culture does not determine us. And, as the anthropologist Richard A. Shweder says, culture and psyche make each other up. We shape our templates as much as they shape us."