We love fine writing here at msadesign. We also love writers able to look back on a well-lived life without being full of themselves.
Dick Caveet writes an occasional column in the NY Times which qualifies. Do read his piece on Marlene Dietrich:
She was raised a Protestant, but the war took her faith away. “After the horrors I saw and the preachers on both sides praying to destroy the other side, I refuse to believe those I loved and lost are floating around up there somewhere. If God exists, he needs to review his plan.”