Friday, December 16, 2011

R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

I often disagreed with Christopher Hitchens, much less so in the last few years. I am saddened by his death.


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.




7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish I too could show some sympathy, but he would be offended by my spiritual guidance to feel the loss which i never really felat when I had no ties to fellow humans as a atheist.
I'll misss him, but he'd rather i keep my faith to myself and not weep a drop over this cancer or death. I can only hope that one day I get to piss on his grave and he has done to many humans that had the nerve to hold a faith or opinion of god that he had disdian and contempt for.

john said...

A contributing editor for Vanity Fair?

THAT pretty much says everything.

Vanity Fair is a rag that is written by and targetted toward snotty, elitist, upper class, effete urban snobs who are convinced of their own genius and their superiority over anyone who actually works for a living.

Yes, Hitchens fit in perfectly with that setting.

While I may feel sympathy to any relatives Hitchens may have left behind I can't find any for this holier than thou, wiser than thou smart ass.

Anonymous said...

Vanity Fair - what a class act. A magazine that prints naked photos of 15 year old Miley Cyrus on the cover and is proud of it.

Hey Hitchens! Are there any OTHER kiddy porn sellers you worked for?

R.I.P? Screw that. Try R.I.H. Roast in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Vanity Fair - what a class act. A magazine that prints naked photos of 15 year old Miley Cyrus on the cover and is proud of it.

Hey Hitchens! Are there any OTHER kiddy porn sellers you worked for?

R.I.P? Screw that. Try R.I.H. Roast in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Vanity Fair - what a class act. A magazine that prints naked photos of 15 year old Miley Cyrus on the cover and is proud of it.

Hey Hitchens! Are there any OTHER kiddy porn sellers you worked for?

R.I.P? Screw that. Try R.I.H. Roast in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Vanity Fair - what a class act. A magazine that prints naked photos of 15 year old Miley Cyrus on the cover and is proud of it.

Hey Hitchens! Are there any OTHER kiddy porn sellers you worked for?

R.I.P? Screw that. Try R.I.H. Roast in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Vanity Fair - what a class act. A magazine that prints naked photos of 15 year old Miley Cyrus on the cover and is proud of it.

Hey Hitchens! Are there any OTHER kiddy porn sellers you worked for?

R.I.P? Screw that. Try R.I.H. Roast in Hell.

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