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Christopher Hitchens, the polarizing genius and author best known for his acerbic wit, excoriating and scathing critiques of anyone you felt was off limits, and the ability to drink Godzilla under the table, died yesterday after a year long battle with esophageal cancer. Vanity Fair reports:
Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died today at the age of 62. Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir, Hitch-22, and began chemotherapy soon after. His matchless prose has appeared in Vanity Fair since 1992, when he was named contributing editor. “Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centered and even solipsistic,” Hitchens wrote nearly a year ago in Vanity Fair, but his own final labors were anything but: in the last 12 months, he produced for this magazine a piece on U.S.-Pakistani relations in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, a portrait of Joan Didion, an essay on the Private Eye retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a prediction about the future of democracy in Egypt, a meditation on the legacy of progressivism in Wisconsin, and a series of frank, graceful, and exquisitely written essays in which he chronicled the physical and spiritual effects of his disease. At the end, Hitchens was more engaged, relentless, hilarious, observant, and intelligent than just about everyone else—just as he had been for the last four decades. “My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends,” he wrote in the June 2011 issue. He died in their presence, too, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. May his 62 years of living, well, so livingly console the many of us who will miss him dearly.
Love him or hate him, if you were ever on a stage or a television across from him about to engage in a debate, you should have thought about putting on a propeller hat then shitting in your hand to save yourself from the real embarrassment.
Christopher Hitchens on Hannity & Colmes absolutely annihilating everyone:
Hitchens shits on your biblical miracle claims…by quoting the Bible:
Hitchens deconstructing Jesus: