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    Default RIP Christopher Hitchens

    Incredibly smart and interesting man. He did a pretty good job of "living dyingly" over the last year. RIP, you always had something to say that was much more intelligent than anyone else in the room.

    In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011
    by Juli Weiner 11:45 PM, DECEMBER 15 2011

    Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died today at the age of 62. Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir, Hitch-22, and began chemotherapy soon after. His matchless prose has appeared in Vanity Fair since 1992, when he was named contributing editor.

    “Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic,” Hitchens wrote nearly a year ago in Vanity Fair, but his own final labors were anything but: in the last 12 months, he produced for this magazine a piece on U.S.-Pakistani relations in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, a portrait of Joan Didion, an essay on the Private Eye retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a prediction about the future of democracy in Egypt, a meditation on the legacy of progressivism in Wisconsin, and a series of frank, graceful, and exquisitely written essays in which he chronicled the physical and spiritual effects of his disease. At the end, Hitchens was more engaged, relentless, hilarious, observant, and intelligent than just about everyone else—just as he had been for the last four decades.

    “My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends,” he wrote in the June 2011 issue. He died in their presence, too, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. May his 62 years of living, well, so livingly console the many of us who will miss him dearly.



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    I haven't cried over the loss of anyone since my grandmother 13 years ago, but when I heard of Mr. Hitchen's passing I had tears running down my face.

    Regardless of personal belief, Hitchens deserved the highest of respect for his erudite honesty and fearless commitment to the cause of enlightenment. His death is an incredible loss for humanity, and we will always owe him so much for his brilliance. Rest in peace, Mr. Hitchens. Thank you living a life of intellectual honesty in this corrupt world.
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    A very decent man indeed - unlike his despicable brother, Peter, who writes for The Daily Mail here in the UK and has to be one of the most bigoted snobs on the planet. I believe that the two of them were estranged as a result of the polarity of their views.
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    I am going to show my ignorance...who is he?
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    I think he is most widely known for the book "God is not Great" which is an exploration of Atheism

    but he was much much more than that............a tremendous journalist who did not settle for the easy answer or the surface explanation.....something really special in today's media world

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    He will be sorely missed in the world of journalism as he was an absolutely brilliant writer. You may not have agreed with his views but his defense was always given with such intelligence based on extensive research, I'm sure he swayed many. RIP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I am going to show my ignorance...who is he?
    Not many journalists, before writing about waterboarding, would get waterboarded themselves. I gained a lot of respect for him with this, but to read his work is really a pleasure. Agree or disagree, he was incredibly intelligent.


 

 

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