Marie Colvin: a portrait of the slain war correspondent, by Molly Crabapple

From Molly Crabapple, this wonderful portrait of Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times war reporter who was recently killed in Syria.

More about Colvin here. Killed with her was French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik.

Colvin died trying to retrieve her shoes so she could escape a rocket shelling attack (the custom in Syria is to leave one's shoes at the door before entering a home; the rocket landed a few yards away from her as she was preparing to escape).

Molly says, and I agree:

Looking at Marie Colvin's face, it occurs to me she has the perfect beauty of an older woman- the beauty of good bones and battle scars. The beauty that comes from bravery, from power, from competence, from taking no shit. Earned beauty.

This tribute at the New Yorker is a beautiful read. Reuters today released amateur video believed to have been shot by Syrian rebels just before, and after, the attack. In the video, one of the survivors says he believes—contradicting other reports— that they were not personally targeted by the Syrian government. "They've been bombing civilians for days... we were just unlucky."


  1. I do not watch Fox News, but the night before she died I was flipping up to the History Channel and saw a screen with a striking woman with an eye patch in the upper left corner.

    Intrigued, I stopped to watch and listen.   The reporter was direct and condemning of the government of Syria.  Very direct.

    The next morning, NPR has the news of her death.  

    One would assume the Assad’s government monitors Fox and also has the expertise to locate SatPhone transmissions.

    1. As far as I can tell,  Colvin did not work for the Fox News TV channel. She was officially working for the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times of London. She did apparently appear sometimes on BBC and some other nets, but she was mostly a print reporter.

  2. I suppose it would be too early to point out that this picture looks a bit like Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken character from Escape from New York? Hypothetically speaking.

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