On behalf of Spence Publishing (and I think I speak for Lisa as well), let me thank everyone who has expressed their condolences in comments on this blog.
Unfortunately, a considerable number of the comments ranged from tactless to vile. Because these negative comments (and comments that responded to them) were so numerous, I have made the decision to delete all comments from the site and to close the site to further comments. I deeply regret this. We will maintain the blog for the foreseeable future, however.
As most of the world knows, Steven is dead in Iraq, murdered, it seems likely, by those he criticized in his New York Times piece last Sunday. It was a privilege to work with Steven, a brave journalist and a man of integrity, and I can do no better than Kathryn Jean Lopez on National Review Online in paying tribute to him.