Remembering Jonathan Schell

I’ve been struggling with what to say about the passing of Jonathan Schell. He was so much more than the incomparable scribe and moral voice of our age. He was a dear friend whose decency and warm touched me deeply. I loved him.

Jonathan was a literary giant whose writings on Vietnam and nuclear weapons are widely regarded as among the most important of our age. But he touched upon so many other subjects, including his powerful “Letter from Ground Zero” series in the wake of 9/11. See the remembrance and selection of some of this work in The Nation.

One of Jonathan’s least known but in my opinion most important books is The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People. I will re-read it again now, my way of clinging to him, not letting him go…

2 thoughts on “Remembering Jonathan Schell

  1. David, thank you for your kind words of your friend, Jonathan Schell. I first met him through “The Fate of the Earth” and was greatly influenced in my thinking about how we encounter change in this world.

  2. Dear David, I’m so sorry for your personal loss amid the collective grief. In peace & friendship, Marie

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