A reader was up late last night:
I lost my childhood hero today, and America lost its greatest advocate and critic. I was surprised to see that you didn’t mark the passing of Pete Seeger. Maybe you’re busy with SOTU blogging, but all the more reason to take note; he was a man who acted as our national conscience for decades. He fought against war and hatred, and was an exponent of free speech, racial equality, and environmental justice. He gave all of his royalties to charity and lived in a simple cabin he built along the Hudson. He believed in the fundamental goodness and strength his fellow Americans, and he had a deep faith in this strange notion that people coming together around music could change the world. They did change the world because of Pete, and it frightens me deeply that in this divisive age we have no analogous figure.