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ABC: Christopher Hitchens, Author and Television Personality, Dies at 62


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Christopher Hitchens, the maverick essayist, unabashed atheist and cable television gladiator whose long list of targets included Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, and even Mother Teresa and organized religion, has died from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer. He was 62.

Hitchens died Thursday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to a statement released by Vanity Fair late Thursday night.

"There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar," Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter said in the statement. "Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls."


Photos: In Memoriam of Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

Some fascinating early pictures and info.

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This week, I was discussing (internet message board style) with a few others on the Strongatthebroken places thearticle on him in Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/01/hitchens-201201

For the most part we were talking about his thoughts on "Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger." As we were posting about it, I couldn't help but think he had already done the hard thinking for us just by giving us a perspective to consider. In any event, if you are interested in the perspective of a few patients with chronic health conditions, I think there are some pretty good perspectives starting on the bottom of page 185.


As a side note, the book Strong At the Broken Places is a very good read as it tracks a few people with different chronic conditions and how they do more than merely survive. I found it rather inspirational.

RIP Mr. Hitchens. Your work here is complete. Now it is left for others to pick up and move forward. Thank You.

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Biographies are my go to genre. They are literally probably 75% of what I read. With Hitchens Jefferson bio, I've never read a shorter one and i'm not sure ive ever read a more interesting one. N

I'm excited about it. I've been scouring the depths of the interwebz looking for a bad review. Haven't found a one. I'll be anxious to talk to you about it once I've read it.

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And Mad Props to Hitchens for his honesty in the waterboarding situation. He mocked the idea of waterboarding as torture, said he was willing to prove it, lasted about 10 seconds, and - most of all - was willing to admit afterwords that he had been wrong.

How often does any public figure in America ever admit that he was wrong?

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