Christopher Hitchens Dies Aged 62
Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after losing his battle with cancer.
The author and journalist died in the presence of friends at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in the United States, according to Vanity Fair magazine.
Hitchens was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2010, soon after the publication of his memoir, Hitch-22.
The British born writer worked for the New Statesman before moving to the United States to work for, among other publications, The Atlantic Slate , The New York Times Book Review and Vanity Fair.
He began his political life on the far left but surprised and upset many by his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In a tribute published this morning, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter said Hitchens was a "movie star" of a writer.
"You’d be hard-pressed to find a writer who could match the volume of exquisitely crafted columns, essays, articles, and books he produced over the past four decades," he said.
"Walking with him down the street in New York or through an airplane terminal was like escorting a movie star through the throngs.
He added: "To his friends, Christopher will be remembered for his elevated but inclusive humor and for a staggering, almost punishing memory that held up under the most liquid of late-night conditions. And to all of us, his readers, Christopher Hitchens will be remembered for the millions of words he left behind. They are his legacy. And, God love him, it was his will."
Hitchens, the author of God Is Not Great, was an outspoken atheist who once described God as a "celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea".
Fellow author Ian McEwan told the BBC Today programme this morning that Hitchens was writing up until his last moments. "He insisted on a desk by his window, away from his bed in the ICU...there he was, a man with only a few days to live, turning out a 3,000 words to meet a deadline," he said.
"He was dozing off between sentences, the morphine would overwhelming him, then he woujld jerk himself awake and get down another sentence, he would never give up."
Labor MP Denis MacShane, a friend of Hitchens, "loved words" and could drink a bottle of whisky "and then be up in the morning writing 1,000 perfect words".
"He could throw words up in the sky and they fell down in a marvelous pattern," he added.
Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" as a part of the Authors@Google series. The author of Why Orwell Matters and Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, a Slate columnist, and a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. He has also written for The Nation, Granta, Harper's, The Washington Post, and is a frequent television and radio guest. Born in England, Hitchens was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. He now lives in Washington, DC, and he became a US citizen in 2007. This event took place on August 16, 2007 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
Christopher gives a 911 "truther" exactly what he deserves..
From www.VF.com Christopher Hitchens rebuts Alessandra Stanley's essay, "Who Says Women Aren't Funny?" To see more pictures and video, read more controversial commentary, and tell Hitchens what you think, visit vanityfair.com.
Christopher Hitchens along with Ralph Reed participate in a debate on the legacy of the Reverend Jerry Falwell. This was recorded from the Hannity and Colmes show of 16-May-2007. More information about Christopher Hitchens (from Wikipedia): Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949, in Portsmouth, England) is an Anglo-American author, journalist and literary critic. Currently living in Washington, DC, he has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Nation, Slate and Free Inquiry; additionally, he is an occasional contributor to other publications and has appeared regularly in the Wall Street Journal. His brother is British journalist Peter Hitchens. Hitchens is known for his iconoclasm, anti-clericalism, atheism, antitheism, anti-fascism and anti-monarchism. He is also noted for his acerbic wit and his noisy departure from the Anglo-American political left. He was formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of Britain and America. But a series of disagreements beginning in the early 1990s led to his resignation from The Nation shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks. He is also known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell and Thomas Jefferson, and his iconoclastic criticism of Mother Teresa. While Hitchens' idiosyncratic ideas and positions preclude easy classification, he is a vociferous critic of what he describes as "fascism with an Islamic face," and his critics have been known to describe him as a "neoconservative". Hitchens, however ...
A compilation of Hitchens being Hitchens. Brutally honest, ballsy, abrasive, eloquent, and shnookered up!
Christopher Hitchens' latest book, "The Trial of Henry Kissinger" is a point-by-point indictment of Kissinger. Although viewed by many as the greatest statesman of his era, Hitchens refutes that and claims he is actually a war criminal. (Originally aired April 2001).