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Everyone knew it was coming, but it is absolutely gutting news. He will be sorely missed.
 
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Very sad news.

I didn't agree with him on everything and I still think he was wrong to support the Iraq war, but we could do with more people like him, who will stand up unapologetically and puncture the myths and pretensions of the structures of organised religion.
 

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He lost me in his writing at times because he quite often failed to convey the point to the very end, but a great stylist, always enjoyable to read and always made me think, so sad to see him go.

Waiting for the first "God punished him" post.
 

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He lost me in his writing at times because he quite often failed to convey the point to the very end, but a great stylist, always enjoyable to read and always made me think, so sad to see him go.

Waiting for the first "God punished him" post.
I take comfort from the fact that such posts he would find deeply amusing.
 

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Very sad news.

I didn't agree with him on everything and I still think he was wrong to support the Iraq war, but we could do with more people like him, who will stand up unapologetically and puncture the myths and pretensions of the structures of organised religion.
Agree. Fine writer who was always prepared to stick his head above the parapet regardless of societal niceties.
 

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:sad: :sad:
 

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the last advice he gave to atheists in his final interview



"Never be afraid of stridency"
13 December 2011

Richard Dawkins: One of my main beefs with religion is the way they label children as a "Catholic child" or a "Muslim child". I've become a bit of a bore about it.

Christopher Hitchens: You must never be afraid of that charge, any more than stridency.

RD: I will remember that.

CH: If I was strident, it doesn't matter - I was a jobbing hack, I bang my drum. You have a discipline in which you are very distinguished. You've educated a lot of people; nobody denies that, not even your worst enemies. You see your discipline being attacked and defamed and attempts made to drive it out.

Stridency is the least you should muster . . . It's the shame of your colleagues that they don't form ranks and say, "Listen, we're going to defend our colleagues from these appalling and obfuscating elements."
 

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Hitchens Dead at 62; New York Times Redraws A1 for Obit
By Nicholas Jackson

Dec 16 2011, 12:31 AM ET 8

He's the only writer that I've ever written a fan letter to. It was a year and a half ago, give or take a couple of months, and I was on the train heading deep into the suburbs of Chicago to visit my parents when I was moved to tears by a first person account of his struggle with cancer that he had written for Vanity Fair. Over the years, he had put together some stunning first-person accounts: getting waterboarded, reading his way through the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, and subjecting himself to audiobooks -- but nothing like this. Dealing with esophageal cancer, Hitchens kept on doing the only thing he was certain he knew how to do: write. He wrote his way through the disease. Unfortunately, some things, it turns out, are more powerful than words.

He fought, though, to prove that wasn't the case. His columns would appear (almost) every week in Slate. His first-person essays in Vanity Fair every month. And, on occasion, he would turn up to critique a new release (or releases) in the Books section of The Atlantic. His essays, as powerful as ever in terms of quality of writing and strength of argument, would feel like something else entirely because dear reader knew that his or her narrator was fighting to push out the words, to craft the sentences.

This shouldn't be surprising. Anybody bothering to read this knows that Hitchens' work ethic was legendary, his abilities unmatched. During lengthy interviews, the interviewer would ask for a break -- to visit the bathroom and fetch a glass of water -- and Hitchens would scurry off to his in-home office in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle to pound out a piece (or two!) on his keyboard. In his last piece for Vanity Fair, Hitchens looks as gaunt and tired as ever, clearly fighting an unbeatable disease. But I was naive enough to think that he would never leave us -- and I don't think I was alone.

I have been more moved tonight over Twitter than ever before. I write this from a hotel in Austin. I had just finished drinking a very smoky scotch at the hotel bar with a fine lady from Minnesota (Hitchens, I think, would approve), when I returned to my room to learn of this news. And I cried. For the first time in a long time, I cried. I saw the messages pour in and realized that this man will be sorely missed. But he will not be forgotten.

Tonight, I have confirmed that the New York Times has stopped the presses to redraw A1. That is, the most influential newspaper in the world has put its work and printing process on hold to make room on the front page for the obituary of a single man. If that isn't a testament to his work, I don't know what is.


http://www.theatlantic.com/national...62-new-york-times-redraws-a1-for-obit/250093/
 

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No "RIP's please.

On the other hand, go ahead. Christopher would have been amused.
 

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Hitchens hurt his reputation with Iraq War, but will still be missed heavily. It's fortunate Dawkins really surpassed him in influence before his death.
 

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You know that Flew may have been mentally unstable when he ''turned'' to God, don't you?

A case of ''Tone Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest'' maybe.
 

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Great guy, will be sorely missed. Hilarious to see people who have no clue who he is talking about how now he's no longer suffering and "he's with god now"
 

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warmongering clown with a penchant for atheism with a trolling point of view

i won't miss him. then again i never cared much about him. I hope he had a good life.
 

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Great guy, will be sorely missed. Hilarious to see people who have no clue who he is talking about how now he's no longer suffering and "he's with god now"
you know, when voltaire was in his deadbed, a priest came along and said to him "do you regret your sins and deny Satan with all your strenght?", to which Voltaire replied with his sore dying voice "come on, father, this is not the time to make any enemies!".

i never liked voltaire's sarcastic view of mankind much but i always thought that reply was awesome.
 
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