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Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens 1949- 2011

On May 2nd, 2005, we lost my brother Seth to esophageal cancer. The two cancers I've yet to know any mortal survive are esophageal and pancreatic. Both swift-moving, both too deadly for our attempts at treatment and often too late diagnosed. This morning I went to the Guardian website and saw a photo of Christopher Hitchens up top. I thought before saying it, "Oh, no." But yes. Esophageal cancer has killed him.

Of course I didn't know him. I've read his writing. I've seen his debates and lectures. Hitchens was a thinker, that rare bird so maligned these days. His opinions and deductions were well-founded though I didn't always agree. It's a wonderful thing to take one's wits out for a walk and Hitchens was always a good walking companion.

In his last days, strung up with IV leads in a hospital room, he continued to write at a desk by a window. His last column appears in January's Vanity Fair:
http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/01/hitchens-201201

He was 62 .I shall miss him. And am profoundly saddened by his death.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/16/christopher-hitchens-obituary

5 comments:

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Always controversial, always brilliant.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Nothing strikes fear like the "C" word...may he rest in peace.

Austan said...

Yes he was, Arleen.

Lawless, I hope his questions are answered now.

CarrieBoo said...

Finally managed to read this article; will be digesting for some time. What a human being. R.I.P. Hitchens.

Austan said...

Boo- everything he ever wrote took me time to digest. What a brain, and what a loss.