Video: Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011
The day Christopher Hitchens passed away I received a considerable amount of calls and emails offering condolences. It was a bit odd considering that I never knew the man though, admittedly, I do have an entire shelf dedicated to his work. That said, the internet has been flooded with people both mourning his death and taking the opportunity to bash him for his enduring support of the war in Iraq. It’s to be expected. Hitchens was a polarizing figure. He lavished being at the epicenter of countless controversies, most often as a whistle blower though occasionally as the cause of the ferver. To believe he didn’t know this about himself would be rather foolish considering that the title of his memoir was a play on Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.
I could write at length about his life and work, dissecting his sound arguments and tackling those I found less appealing, which I may do in the future, but for now I’m going to let him do the talking.