Tony Judt, the renown and respected historian and intellectual, died last month at the age of 62 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He wrote many books and essays, and he was a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books right up until his death.
Never one to back down from an intellectual tussle, Judt took on one last snarky pedant before his death. Check out his withering riposte to a pissy letter sent in response to one of Judt's last essays (from the July 15th NYR). The exchange appears in the September 30th, 2010 edition of the NYR.