of cancer on Saturday, and we are all the worse for it. He was a redneck (his term) and he was a progressive and he was both smart and passionate about fairness, which put him in the perfect position to write and speak about the actual lives of many poor white Americans and their reasons for embracing some positions that drive liberals crazy. The book that put him on the map in this regard was Deer Hunting with Jesus, but there is also Rainbow Pie, plus scads of blogs and interviews. On his website, which is still up, you will find a brotherly tribute to Joe by his friend and colleague Fred Reed.
Read his books. Listen to what he had to say. We still need him.