On the plane tonight between New York and Houston, I listened to this interview of Steven Vincent that I saved on my iPod. (I originally found the interview on either SCSU Scholars or Shot In the Dark.) Steven was a brilliant writer who understood the soul of Iraq and was optimistic about its future, even with the sense that conditions were not going to improve soon.
If you have eighteen minutes to spare, listen to Steven as he spoke with the folks at the Northern Alliance Radio Network just a few days before he left for Iraq. He was murdered two months later in Basrah on August 2, 2005.