I was very sorry to hear that Harold Pinter has died at the age of 78.
In addition to being one of the greatest playwrights of our time, Pinter was a steadfast and vehement voice for peace and democracy. When he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, his Nobel Lecture was a scathing condemnation of US Empire, and a perspective on US history one seldom hears in the mainstream. You can read it here, or watch the address on video here.
Pinter's passing marks a big loss for literature, theatre and the struggle for justice, but he gave us tremendous amounts of all three.
Update: New York Times obit.