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Go to: Christopher Hitchens Memoirs

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Hitchens has been an inspiration to me for years. His courage deeply moves me and makes me hope I can one day face death with such dignity.

Has anyone here heard George Galloway's comments on Hitchens? You can listen to them on the second link on this page:

Any thoughts?

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 12:59:46 UTC | #900288

Go to: Hitchens on cancer diagnosis: 'Why not me?'

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Christopher Hitchens has provided me with endless motivation. How many of us will confess to repeating his turns of phrase (perhaps even with something of his tone) in discussions with friends and family, or with pen poorly trying to ape his style? How many of us are more informed politically because of his work, where we sometimes disagree but always listen carefully? How many have simply been inspired to read more and take delight in the pleasures of poetry and the consolations of philosophy in part because of him? How many times have we laughed at his wit?

In his memoir he speaks of his desire to defend to the death literature and the ironic mind. Long may he live to defend those things. How deeply they matter and how very much appreciated his courageous efforts have been. Even though I don't know him, I'm sure I echo the sentiment of many in saying that it does indeed feel like a close friend is unwell.

As was previously suggested, let us buy the book of his life as a tribute to the person he is. A brave, learned and eloquent voice and a genuine man of letters.

Updated: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 03:09:18 UTC | #498224

Go to: An Update from Christopher Hitchens

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One feels almost indecent opining during this deeply private, family time but I'm very saddened by this news. Tears hit the keyboard as I was reading it. How heartbreaking and bitterly ironic that this transpired on a tour promoting the book of his life and took away that famous, rich English accent.

Christopher Hitchens is a phenomenal writer and wit, and a deeply brave and courageous man. Terry Eagleton was right to call him a better writer even than his hero, George Orwell. I simply can't imagine Christopher Hitchens being broken by anything. I can't believe that he will be, whatever happens.

I wish him every strength and my heartfelt gratitude for his writings. I do think he may just be too obstinate to let this get him!

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 23:42:36 UTC | #485623

Go to: An Update from Christopher Hitchens

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Updated: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 23:27:31 UTC | #485619

Go to: Prince Charles blames world’s ills on 'soulless consumerism' and Galileo

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This is excellent but he misidentifies the problem as "science." It's much wider than that, and science is obviously not inherently a problem at all (in fact, the reverse). I agree entirely with the need to escape relentless framing and commodofication and I applaud these sage words. Prince Charles is a true philosopher king. His thoughtful speechs over the last few years have, for the first time, made me appreciate the value of monarchy.

Updated: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:03:51 UTC | #478809

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