Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens!



Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 from complications of cancer. :(

Via NPR

UPDATE: Of course the New York Times has the better obit.

9 comments:

LightChaser said...

His death is a great loss to all thinking humans, but I've only read perhaps one tenth of his immense body of writing, so he will be alive to me for a very long time.

thegayte-keeper said...

REST IN PEACE...

becca said...

how sad

JamTheCat said...

I'm of two minds about this man's death. 1. He did poke his finger in the eye of a lot of pompous asshole. But 2. He strongly supported the invasion of Iraq, and never stopped, so far as I can tell. He's one of those who helped set the stage for hundreds of thousands of innocents being slaughtered in that catastrophe, and his refusal to even consider he was wrong to do so is problematic, at best. Some have called it evil. Whichever it is, I refuse to make him any kind of saint for liberal causes just because he dismissed religion as easily as he dismissed anyone who disagreed with him.

Writer said...

LightChaser, I'm in the same boat as you. I've read a few essays here and there. :)

Writer said...

Definitely, gayte-keeper. :)

Writer said...

I'd like to say something naive and romantic, becca, like "Every creative light that goes out is a sad one." But I'm sure someone will jump down my throat for it. LOL

Writer said...

Kyle, I still like much of what Hitch wrote, but it wasn't until his death that I learned of his undying support for that most shittiest of shitty invasions. But his own pomposity points out why he was so good at shooting down so many pompous assholes. For Pete's sake, he was possibly the most pompous person I'd ever heard of. LOL

Kyle Leach said...

He was human. He made mistakes(supporting invading Iraq). I'm sad that he is gone. I enjoyed his writing and his support of humanist/atheist efforts around the world.