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    Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies : NPR

    The influential writer and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens died on Thursday at the age of 62 from complications of cancer of the esophagus. Hitchens confronted his disease in part by writing, bringing the same unsparing insight to his mortality that he had directed at so many other subjects.


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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

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    I can't figure out where I know his work from. Why is that?

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    Ahhh ****, I know. I read his book, "God Is Not Great". It was a really well-written book.

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    And RIP.
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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by whysoserious View Post
    I can't figure out where I know his work from. Why is that?

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    Ahhh ****, I know. I read his book, "God Is Not Great". It was a really well-written book.
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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

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    Well-known atheist.
    I enjoyed his book much more than any Dawkins book. His social commentaries were far more poignant and easier to understand.
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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    Damnit, this is terrible. I loved his appearance on the talking heads shows; he was always so abrasive and interesting to watch. I can't believe I haven't heard more about this before it happened. Very surprising and sad. RIP
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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    He had been losing his ability to write (physically, not mentally). He wrote about this in his last Vanity Fair article.

    In reading his description of it, and the mental anguish it caused him, I caught myself audibly gasping. As a writer, I understand. I have lost my physical ability to write before, but luckily I was assured of getting it back eventually. Hitchens had no such assurance to look forward to. It is truly the most horrible sort of deprivation, if it's what you're driven to do and such a large part of how you define yourself as a person.

    That in mind, I hope he's at peace now, and I'm glad he died before that time came.

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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    I wonder if he goes to heaven.

    Don't look at me like that, some one was going to say it...
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    I've been waiting for this. Sad end to a great talent. I admire him as much for his literary criticism as for his political and world affairs writing. I would loved to have known him.

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    Re: Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I wonder if he goes to heaven.

    Don't look at me like that, some one was going to say it...
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    This hurts. Hitchens was superb author, columnist, debater, and speaker. He was the first author I read when I embraced atheism.

    Any bets on a "deathbed confession?" (Despite the fact he clearly wrote that this was not the case)
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