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Old 12-16-2011, 09:17 PM   #16
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Finally a thread worth of mourning, unlike Amy Winehousefuck or whatever, this guy actually contributed something meaningful and thereby should be remembered.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:29 PM   #17
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I always like reading his take on current events such as the death of Bin Laden or the Arab Spring. He drew upon so much breadth of experience from books and first hand experience. It is a shame that his brain wasn't used by the US Gov't to solve foreign policy issues.
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He was wrong about God though. RIP
I kinda agree with you but that debate is endless. He did come from a well-to-do situation so why bother with the question...
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:29 PM   #19
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He was wrong about God though. RIP


and, just like that, Hitch makes mincemeat of simplistic pronouncements like that:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=mQorzOS-F6w#
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #20
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One good thing that came of his death that I assume he would be very happy about is that it seems to have exposed people to him that, for some reason, had not already been. I'm a little shocked to find that a sizable number of my friends had no idea who he was until a day ago. Of those friends, a lot have since watched hours of Hitchens speaking on youtube. A couple of those have even just bought a book or two today after being left so impressed by him.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:54 PM   #21
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and, just like that, Hitch makes mincemeat of simplistic pronouncements like that:
Listening to Mr. Hitchens I don't hear a hint of the rhetorical nuance you claim to revere and exalt.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:32 PM   #22
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One good thing that came of his death that I assume he would be very happy about is that it seems to have exposed people to him that, for some reason, had not already been. I'm a little shocked to find that a sizable number of my friends had no idea who he was until a day ago. Of those friends, a lot have since watched hours of Hitchens speaking on youtube. A couple of those have even just bought a book or two today after being left so impressed by him.
I mentioned Hitchens in passing a few months ago to some friends and they hadn't heard of him. If you ask me we live in a profoundly anti-intellectual age. Surely the ordinary person was aware of the existence of Boswell and Pepys in their day? Maybe not. I hope it is not the case that Hitchens turns out to be the last of the great public intellectuals.


A finely judged, moving tribute from Peter Hitchens:

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We got on surprisingly well in the past few months, better than for about 50 years as it happens. At such times one tends to remember childhood more clearly than at others, though I have always had a remarkably clear memory of much of mine. I am still baffled by how far we both came, in our different ways, from the small, quiet, shabby world of chilly, sombre rented houses and austere boarding schools, of battered and declining naval seaports, not specially cultured, not book-lined or literary or showy but plain, dutiful and unassuming, we took the courses we did.
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That article is actually as disappointing as if Hitchens found God on his death bed. I really thought Christopher was a 'fatal hemlock' sort of guy.

But now I know Hitchens did not grow up in comfortable circumstances.
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His assessment of Mother Teresa is quite hilarious.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:18 PM   #25
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I thought the comments by his brother were beautifully expressed.
The references to C.S.Lewis and T.S.Eliot tells me he knows the
truth is, indeed, out there.

Christopher Hitchens death: In Memoriam, my courageous sibling, by Peter Hitchens | Mail Online


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Old 12-17-2011, 08:21 PM   #26
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Finally a thread worth of mourning, unlike Amy Winehousefuck or whatever, this guy actually contributed something meaningful and thereby should be remembered.
Its pretty shitty to categorize people's deaths like that
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Well JT, I think that was comment more directed toward celebrity culture than a young singer from Camden. Hitchens, an accomplished intellectual didn't really exist in that realm.
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I thought the comments by his brother were beautifully expressed.
The references to C.S.Lewis and T.S.Eliot tells me he knows the
truth is, indeed, out there.

Christopher Hitchens death: In Memoriam, my courageous sibling, by Peter Hitchens | Mail Online


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I think you are not wrong. FYI, Peter Hitchens was a Christianity-sympathetic agnostic for a long time but in recent years has identified as Christian.

I personally think, as a non-believer, that the C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot references were intended as an elegant way of bringing the path he chose, and his brother did not, into his assessment of his brother's life without offending anyone.
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Well JT, I think that was comment more on celebrity culture vs intellectual accomplishments than on personal worth.


If so, it was horribly worded.
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Christopher Hitchens is dead. His writing has influenced the way I think. I value his contribution to the argument.
"Gods make their own importance." - Patrick Kavanagh
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