Former TTBOOK producer and interviewer Judith Strasser was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2005. Last summer, a tumor in her lungs attacked the nerve which controls the larynx, making it difficult, but not impossible, for her to speak. She came in to our studios to record this commentary in response to the Rieff/Sontag story. You can read more about her approach to life and death on her blog "In Lieu of Speech." You can read the script of Judy's commentary. Judith Strasser died in her sleep January 29, 2009.