Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens, R. I. P.

Christopher Hitchens Is Dead at 62 — Obituary - Christopher Hitchens, a slashing polemicist in the tradition of Thomas Paine and George Orwell who trained his sights on targets as various as Henry Kissinger, the British monarchy and Mother Teresa, wrote a best-seller attacking religious belief, and dismayed his former comrades on the left by enthusiastically supporting the American-led war in Iraq, died Thursday at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was 62.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


George said...

I've read Hitchens for years. I'm reading his latest (and perhaps last) massive essay collection. Hitchen's death is a great loss.

Bud said...

Although as a conservative curmudgeon, I often, but not always, disagreed politically and did not share his antipathy to Christianity, I liked and admired him. He was a man of the Left (who strongly opposed "Leftist" positions he thought were wrong), who actually thought his positions through, changed them when convinced (which was not very often!), became a U. S. citizen on principle and could be counted upon to make unexpected and thought-provoking remarks. I recommend reading (or re-reading) Hitch-22 in his honor.