Friday, December 16, 2011
Christopher Hitchens RIP
There are better writers than me who are writing better obituaries than I ever could, and because the subject is one of the greatest intellects we have known in our lifetimes, it is only appropriate to let the best of the best remember him.
Adios, Hitch. You boiled my blood, gave me hope, made me think - even about things I'd prefer not to think about. You reminded me that being an American is a privilege and carries with it great responsibility. And you reminded me to never acquiesce or abandon my principles, regardless of the consequences, for life is nothing without them. You did your job.
Here are just a few of the remembrances I've found online this morning:
Grayden Carter at Hitch's longtime home, Vanity Fair
Jamie Weinstein at The Daily Caller
Jade Walker at the Huffington Post
A nice collection of quotes and video compiled by Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast
An essay by Hitchens' friend James Fenton on why Hitchens became an American Citizen at Slate
And a fabulous collection of video from C-SPAN of Hitchens' appearances on that network dating back to 1983.