Farewell, Mr. Hitchens
We knew it was coming, but that doesn't serve to soften the blow. Christopher Hitchens died yesterday at the age of 62 after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer.
Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He studied philosophy, politics and economics, and after immigrating to the U.S. in 1981, began writing for The Nation. He would later edit and contribute articles to publications like Vanity Fair, Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Harper’s, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.
He wrote more than two dozen books, including the best-selling god Is Not Great, made frequent radio and television appearances, and taught as a visiting professor at the New School of Social Research, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of California, Berkeley.
He was an outspoken atheist who argued strongly against religion, and even criticized Mother Teresa- both in his 1994 documentary, Hell's Angel, and in Vanity Fair. Other targets of his scorn: the Vietnam War, racism, the British monarchy and Henry Kissinger... just to name a few. He possessed a fearsome intellect and took great pleasure in provocation.
His final memoir, aptly entitled Mortality, will be published posthumously by the UK's Atlantic Books in January 2012. Based on a series of essays he wrote for Vanity Fair, the book will chronicle Hitchens' battle with cancer.
This is a sad day for free-thinkers everywhere. We'll miss you, Hitch.
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