From The New York Times.
Tony Judt recently died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis— to the end he dictated essays. He was always thinking about the importance of language, he wrote: “... In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.”
There was a link to one of his last pieces in The New York Review of Books It's a worthwhile read.
by Tony Judt
A number of his essays printed in the NYRB can be read here