Ellen Willis, Feminist and Writer Journalist, feminist, and cultural critic Ellen Willis died Thursday at age 64, of lung cancer. Her political essays appeared in The Nation and elsewhere. She also wrote about music for Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Village Voice. She won wide acclaim for her 1981 collection of essays, Beginning to See the Light, about the state of feminism in the '70s. At the time of her death she was a professor of journalism at New York University. This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 1989.