Remembering Debra Goldman

On Sept. 26, Debra Goldman died at 52 after a brave struggle with cancer. For 13 years, she graced Adweek with her insights, first as a tenacious reporter, later as a feature writer and, finally, as a columnist. In her popular Consumer Republic column, she tackled pop culture, consumer attitudes and trends in advertising. The following excerpts capture the kind of writer Debra was—inquisitive, perceptive and, above all, always graceful and intelligent.