March 24, 2011


I am Angry That Christopher Hitchens is Sick

Selfishly, bitterly angry.

He has cancer, has had for a while now. He isn't doing well, and we are no doubt on the edge of losing one of our best. One of our best writers, best debaters, best agitators, best provocateurs. Sometimes I agree with him; often I don't. But I absolutely respect him 100% of the time.

He engages on a whole other brilliant level, and is one of the few people who will laugh at himself, call Mother Teresa a fraud, dual with politicians and priests, and always, always, always do it with a word skill that makes me wonder why I bother.

In a recent Vanity Fair column, he was relaying a debate he'd had with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Now, Hitchens is as right as they come, and he and Blair make strange bedfellows. Yet the piece was enlightening, respectful and revealing. This is how you have opposing views; this is how you engage across aisles. Noting that Blair has lost none of his political savvy, he describes how Blair has somehow managed to get Hitchens to speak first. "I feel as if I have gone into a revolving door in front of someone and come out behind him."

I have been hauling that line around with me for months now. I love it.

So, that's all. I hate that Hitchens is sick.

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Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

"heading back to Jerusalem—that birthplace of all our dreams and graveyard of all our hopes."

To me, that quote bests even the revolving door one.

He is a brilliant orator. And writer. I would never contemplate debating him without Asbestos underpants, Cottonelle undershirts, and a tinfoil hat. I am not worthy to even clean his revolving door.

March 24, 2011 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Jodi Kasten said...

I saw his photo in Vanity Fair several months after he got sick. I couldn't believe it was him. I dread that day, even if there's a miracle he's 100. I'm not looking forward to finding his replacement in my "Five Freebies" list. ::sigh::

March 24, 2011 8:25 PM  

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