Memorial gatherings and the body of Christ(opher)

December 24, 2011

Mr Steve Wasserman, Christopher Hitchens' literary agent, kindly replied to my query about a possible memorial. Posted with permission.

"In accordance with Christopher’s wishes, his body was donated to medical research. Memorial gatherings will occur next year."


69 comments:

One could expect no less from him. A great man.

Anonymous said...

What a good move hitch. He was a bamf

Marta said...

Reason.

Anonymous said...

That is very Hitchens style. I think he was a brilliant man, and will be sadly missed. He was a brave voice of reason in a sad, lost world.

I will miss his insight and knowledge.

carlos martinez said...

The world has lost a great mind but your legacy will live on. Thanks for everything Chris.

Anonymous said...

I hope whoever gets the brain will make note of how well reticulated it is... Could be used in a literacy campaign: "This is your brain on IDEAS..."

Anonymous said...

Yes we will have to be on the look out for any memorial services next year

Anonymous said...

April 13 is Hitchens' birthday.
Henceforth, for me, this will be 'Hitchens Day' and I shall make a toast (with J.W. Black of course) to a unique and intelligent man.
The world is a less interesting place without him and he will be sorely missed.

Patrick Ohana said...

The biggest loss to humanity since Nietzsche! I will miss your poignant words.

5ecular4umanist said...

Body donation makes absolute sense. Why waste a body in burial or cremation when it can be used to teach medical students or for scientific study for the benefit of others? Even in death we can do good.

Karen Olsen said...

Ah...thank you for posting this, Tom: the information I have been impatiently seeking in numerous news searches over the past week or so. How good of Hitch to ensure that more research on his type of cancer will proceed in the near future.

Travel on in Peace, Christopher! And to my fellow fans: Merry Hitchmas to all, and to all a good night!

-Karen Olsen
Seattle, WA (now writing from holiday in Crossville, TN)

gjsterp said...

I only found Hitch about a year ago on YouTube, and then began reading his books.
I loved him for his writing style, his logic and his defense of reason.
I wish I would have found him sooner.

thp said...

Imagine being thát medical student..

Anonymous said...

Richard Dawkins honored Christopher Hitchens much better than I can. See: 2011 Dawkins Award - Christopher Hitchens. Christopher was a fighter for atheism and his voice will be missed (IMO his opinion about the war in Irak may be dismissed).

Ian Mason said...

A medical miracle that he could survive so much booze for so long.

Anonymous said...

...how about something at the mall in Washington on his birthday?

-A

Ian Bailey said...

Hitch thanks for enlightening me with with your polemical analysis of the day, you've educated me. always so concise and true, thanks.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE keep us posted on when memorial services will take place! I would love to see some YouTube videos go up as well.

I miss you Hitch...

Proctor S. Burress said...

He is missed even now...no future tense about it. I think the pain of his passing will grow on us all NOT just his family.

If only a few of us knew or knew of him, the impact of his death would still be inestimable.

Here we would salute Drs. Dawkins, Harris, Dennett, Stenger and others. Your burden is even greater without Christopher.

If only this day (12-25) was not so steeped in supersition. It is even more sad with CH's passing.

Family we are thinking of you and not just the loss the rest of are beginning to feel.

Proctor S. Burress, Lex., KY

wrecked said...

I too like the idea of a memorial on his birthday.... That gives time to plan a right proper event.

Anonymous said...

Hitch Day...

13 April 2012 is the opening day of the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne. How appropriate.

I look forward to all of us there raising a verbal toast to The Man. People elsewhere will have to organise themselves, I'm afraid.

hvann said...

Yes, Tom, please do keep us posted on a possible memorial. My grieving for Hitch would embarrass a North Korean.

Anonymous said...

April 13 is both Christopher and Thomas Jefferson's birthday. Maybe we should make it Seperation Day, in honor of the seperation of CHurch and State.

Ted Harazda said...

Memorials are for the comaraderie of the living...which is OK..... go for it ! As for the old adage of: " Dust to dust, ashes to ashes", I feel it should be changed to: "From stardust to stardust".

Anonymous said...

He was a brilliant man and continues to be so by donating his body to science.

Anonymous said...

A bright mind, talented speaker, a humble searcher for morality. I and many, many others will miss him dearly. I can only hope that when my day comes, I remember at least a flicker of the flair with which he met and dealt with his ending, as an inspiration for pride and human dignity. Sleep well, mr Hitchens.

Florent said...

I like the idea… April 13: The Wall Day! And let’s celebrate it every year by gathering at the Jefferson Memorial on the first Saturday after it.

Also, by all means, please keep us posted on memorial plans. If not able to attend the central event, we can celebrate his life localy, with our freethought, secular and atheist groups.

What a great, eventful, fulfilled life!

Anonymous said...

This is all a bit much dontcha think? Most people have never heard of this person and the intelligent ones who have consider him always limited, occasionally witty, and often ridiculous.

matholt said...

I am a better man because of my awaking to the truth that Christopher and his magnificent mind led me to.I now know the reason for the anger and frustration that I have carried with me in recent years.Christophers writings galvanised all the suspicions and doubts about religion and godworship that I have carried with me since I was a teen.Christophers passing , sad as it may be, has strengthened me in pursuing the right life ,the moral life, the life that we,humans, were always meant to live ... the life of a free thinker

elixelx said...

Ah! yes! In the promise of everlasting life, Hitch, you seem to think that your putrid fleash, noe home to maggots id somehow going to be MORE USEFUL yhan it was when you were alive!!
And, may I ask, to whom did you commend your spirit?
Oh! I forgot! You never had one, except the 40 proof kind!

DCortez said...

Self important to the end. Burn me and urn me, lol.

Anonymous said...

He can be dead but he will live forever in his great intelectual work left behind!

C. P. Coleta said...

The Hitch: The Man, who fucked myths, and is now a Legend.

Anonymous said...

'Hitchens Day' on Apr. 13 should be just that --> 'Hitchens Day'.
It should not be re-named or co-opted by special interests i.e. atheist groups etc. Hitchens was admired by many. All should be welcome to celebrate his life.

Anonymous said...

Hey asshole how dear you insult Johnny walker black by calling it 40 proof it's 80 proof you moron... And hitchens will live on forever through his great writing and debates

Anonymous said...

@hvann "My grieving for Hitch would embarrass a North Korean." You've given me my biggest (self-deprecatory) laugh in days. Thanks:)

Anonymous said...

I want a Saint Hitch medal to wear or staue for my dash to protect me from religion.

Anonymous said...

Damn it!!!
I miss him so much.
Watching old youtube clips of him.
His tongue was really sharp!

I hope they saved DNA to clone him...

/Tomas

Anonymous said...

@hvann -- I also got a good chuckle out of your N.Korea reference. Too funny!

Anonymous said...

When I heard that Christopher donated his body to research,, this for my and everybody's kids CH I love you..

inna said...

Great man. What a loss for the humanity!
It's a great loss for me

Anonymous said...

Some of you are clearly desperate for someone to worship. Hitch is the best you can do. Sad.

BillyBuzzBomb said...

Your terribly naive attempt at associating peoples well wishing and mourning as worship, is all at once pathetic and reprehensible.
Your characterizations of peoples desperation speaks volumes of your own.
Mr. Hitchens was a rare card in an otherwise boring deck. Many admired his admiration for humanity most especially since he knew intimately that our time in the here and now can only be measured and valued in the here and now. He worked tirelessly to that end.
And the best you can do is bring us your invective blathering? Try harder.

Anonymous said...

Sam Husseini on Christopher Hitchens

http://husseini.posterous.com/resurrecting-christopher-hitchens

Anonymous said...

Another illiterate fag is dead!

Anonymous said...

Ah that's all I can do for my favorite writer...post a comment on his unofficial page:(...

Anonymous said...

BillyBuzzBomb, your writing is superb. Do you write for any publication/blog?

Anonymous said...

What a man

Narin Mohammadi said...

He will stay in my heart for allways

Anonymous said...

I spoke in London today to a famous writer friend of his, who said Hitch had asked the doctors to suspend treatment towards the end because he was in pain and believed in voluntary euthanasia, but they refused. Interesting, as I had not seen that reported.

Anonymous said...

Great intertainer. Not a creator. Cool your jets, anglo mediatic groupies.

Tom said...

"I spoke in London.."

In 'Trial of the Will' Hitchens says: I asked my physician to discontinue all life-supporting services or show me how to do it. The physician denied this plea, rather loftily assuring Hook that “someday I would appreciate the unwisdom of my request.”

Brendan James said...

Tom:

You do realize that's Hitchens *quoting* Sidney Hook's memoirs, right?

If you didn't allow me to correct your correction.

Tom said...

Oh yes. What he says is "Nor have I yet had to think of having such an arduous conversation with a physician."

BillyBuzzBomb said...

How appropriate that the troll suggesting Hitch as an illiterate fag has remained anonymous. The predictability of the bottom layers of what pass for life are all at once boring and so easily stereotyped. Pathetic really. Hitch would take "fag" with a laugh and a wry smile but to call him illiterate? That must be either yours meds talking or you are indeed as irrelevant as you sound.

Tom Cogavin said...

Christopher you are and were the voice of so many. You will be sorely missed. Thanks for your bravery and clarity and thanks for sharing yourself with all of us.

You have made a profoundly positive impact on my life and I will never forget you - even though we never met.

Anonymous said...

According to the NY Times, "While he did die at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, he had not entered hospice care there, and he had not stopped treatment"

JRain78 said...

what lucky institution got his body and what are they going to use it for?

E. Caballero said...

A tribute in Spanish to Mr. Hitchens for his "relentless" defense of critical thinking and rationality. A lament for his recent death.
http://areasubliminal.com/lamento-por-christopher-hitchens/

Steiner62 said...

He's left us just when we needed him most. His wisdom in the written word & spoken, on YouTube, will thankfully remain.

Anonymous said...

By far one of the greatest voices of reason and rationality mankind has ever realized. Seeing dogmatic theologin types squirming in their seats waiting to respond to his articulate and lucid thoughts have been highlights of my debating education!

epower said...

The world has lost a brilliant raconteur, a probing mind, and a wordsmith the equal of the finest essayists in the English language.

beka edgar said...

Mr. Hitchens great mind was my very first step in the road of atheism, and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The Hitch changed my world, this is the most depressing passing I can think of in recent memory, besides family and/or friends, in my humble opinion.

johngloop said...

Vale Hitch. The good you've done will live after you.

Maty said...

You will find that eternal gratitude will only be in THIS life. I pity you. CH was a very clever man and a great wit, but to take on God, how presumptuous dare one get? His mortal life ended as did so many others who abused their bodies.

Anonymous said...

I'm still missing him

Randy Freeman said...

I didn't know that he was devotee to atheism..

Anonymous said...

Just a couple points to consider in your efforts to immortalize this man.

First, he died from his life of excess. Oesophageal cancer was a direct result of his smoking and drinking. Not the most clever of moves for a man as "clever" as Mr Hitchens.

Second, his body would be of no use to medical science. If he didn't know that, shame on him. Medical science needs cadavers that die of natural causes. Basically healthy bodies that show normal anatomy. A body that is ravaged by cancer (and the treatment thereof) is of no use to medical science. There is nothing interesting about a death from cancer.

So take his writings for what they were: the thoughts of one man. If they resonate with you, that's great. But if you follow in his footsteps, beware that hard drinking and smoking is, for most people a long term sentence of death.

Nitrous

 
 
 

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