It's time to celebrate the life of R.W. Apple, Jr. He lead one amazing life, and had an extremely sweet gig for the last few years at the Times: travel around and eat. However, when a huge and complex news story broke, I recall that his name would be at the top of the lead article for the paper. No doubt filed from Mumbai, or Cairo, or Kyoto, or wherever he happened to be.
His last article, published today, ends:
"There should be enough here to hold you — hopefully to set you soaring — for a few weeks or months, or even years."
We'll have to hope that his legacy holds us, for journalism lost one of its finest practitioners.