Christopher Hitchens died, I suppose not improbably for such a pugilistic intellectual, of esophageal cancer, though the official cause was pneumonia, according to the New York Times obituary.
I have not read enough of his work. And I’ve read a good bit: Why Orwell Matters, The Trail of Henry Kissinger, Letters to a Young Contrarian, and of course God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. As well as the collected essays, which I adore – not always for the point he makes but how he makes it. Even when I disagreed with Hitchens, I continually admired his ability to intelligently articulate his argument. (Continue reading…)