Christopher Hitchens dead at 62
The incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant bows out
A personal literary favourite, was Christopher Hitchens.
CNN’s Piers Morgan, earlier today, called Hitchens “the greatest literary provocateur of my lifetime. Huge talent, huge loss.”
Be sure to read the reaction of Vanity Fair, where Hitchens was contributing editor since 1992.
Those who die are the lucky ones, for they have lived; they are the ones who bore the unbearable joy of living.
@MaryPols: Mr. Hitchens, you glorious bastard, thank you for your gift of savagely smart writing.
Time: “He was a militant humanist who believed in pluralism and racial justice and freedom of speech, big cities and fine art.”
@sethmeyers21: RIP Christopher Hitchens. I didn’t always agree with him, but I loved the way he wrote.
Click here for the CBS memorial – rather expansive, and really entertaining!
The Daily Beast: “Christopher Hitchens was easily the most inflammatory writer of our generation, and his specialty was targeting the hypocrisy of the famous and powerful.”
Hitchens’ last interview – by Richard Dawkins.
William Grimes in The New York Times.
Stephen Fry: Christopher Hitchens was a Man of Style and Wit.
The RDF: God Sent Christopher Hitchens to Hell Because He Loved Him.
Simon Schama on how his friend Christopher Hitchens said goodbye.
Sam Harris: One of the joys of living in a world filled with stupidity and hypocrisy was to see Hitch respond.
Daniel Dennett: A lesson from Hitch: When rudeness is called for
Rod Mackenzie: Christopher Hitchens not great, says this “atheist”