Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens (1949 - 2011)

I was sorry to read that Hitchens has succumbed to esophageal cancer. I followed him in Vanity Fair and admired his ascerbic style and bravado in taking on such as Michael Moore, Sara Palin, Prince Charles or Mother Teresa.

He was very clearly an extremely intelligent man and a gifted writer.

He was a throwback to the unreprentant, hell-raising reporters of a by-gone day. Because I'm describing a cliche, I'm using two -- he drank like a fish and he smoked like a chimney.

Godspeed, Christopher Hitchens.

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