Richard Dawkins Foundation: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011
'Why Evolution Is True' remembers Hitchens:
Christopher Hitchens died a year ago today—it seems longer, doesn’t it?—and of course nobody has emerged to fill the vast lacuna he left. His rhetorical skills were unmatchable. Read more
So does the Paleolibrarian: "..Thank you Hitch for having balls to challenge ignorance and stand your ground." Read more
And Salman Rushdie: Christopher Hitchens died a year ago today. I still think of him every day.
Mr Steve Wasserman, Christopher Hitchens' literary agent, kindly replied to my query about a possible memorial. Posted with permission. ...
Vanity Fair | January 2012 By Christopher Hitchens When it came to it, and old Kingsley suffered from a demoralizing and disorienting fal...
By Christopher Hitchens "After she was elected the first female governor of Texas, in 1924, and got herself promptly embroiled in a...
In The Year of Magical Thinking, the 2005 best-seller, Joan Didion dissected the trauma of losing her husband, John Gregory Dunne. With Blue...
New Statesman: "You may need to set aside the rest of your Saturday to get through this, but here in full is the transcript of the long...
Carol Blue, the widow of author Christopher Hitchens, answered viewer questions submitted via Twitter, Facebook. Watch it here (c-spanvid...
Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens debate blasphemy at the Guardian Hay Festival in 2005.
Christopher Hitchens debated Rabbi Shmuley at Cooper Union, New York on Thursday, September 16, 2010. Play All 8 Videos
Vanity Fair, June 2011 By Christopher Hitchens "Like so many of life’s varieties of experience, the novelty of a diagnosis of m...
By Peter Hitchens I can’t really claim that I never notice the extraordinarily spiteful attacks on me which come from one particular qua...
Carol Blue, the widow of author Christopher Hitchens, answered viewer questions submitted via Twitter, Facebook.
Watch it here (c-spanvideo.org)
Martin Amis, Carol Blue, Cary Goldstein, and Robert Weil discussed Christopher Hitchens' book Mortality. This event took place at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International held November 11-18, 2012 on the campus of Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida.
Watch it here (c-spanvideo.org)
Tom Cook has a thread on reddit where you can remember Hitchens, and what he meant to you.
By James Bloodworth
During his lifetime many of the late Christopher Hitchens’s most vociferous critics were former allies from the political left. How, it was asked, could a once radical polemicist have become a cheerleader for the neo-conservative project to remake the world?
Read more (independent.co.uk)
Labour politician threatens to quit if bust to ‘pro-war’ journalist Christopher Hitchens goes up in Red Lion Square
"Carol Blue, Christopher Hitchens' widow, talks candidly about her husband's dying days."
Watch here (abc.net.au)
Watch it here (charlierose.com)
Listen here. (abc.net.au)
I can’t really claim that I never notice the extraordinarily spiteful attacks on me which come from one particular quarter. They're almost impossible to miss. Some of them are on Twitter. Others arrive here directly. Others surface in various places on the Internet. Those responsible claim to be admirers of my late brother, Christopher.
Read more (hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk)
Listen here (cbc.ca)
This year’s LENNONONO GRANT FOR PEACE recipients are:
RACHEL CORRIE, JOHN PERKINS, CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, PUSSY RIOT plus one more
Talk of the Nation.
Carol Blue, Hitchens' wife of 20 years, interviewed on NPR by Neal Conan.
Listen here. (30 min.)
Read more http://www.omnivoracious.com/2012/09/on-mortality-an-interview-with-christopher-hitchens-widow-carol-blue.html
Carol Blue, the widow of Christopher Hitchens, discusses his last book, Mortality, a collection of his series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, written over the last year of his life.
A Wit Rages Before the Abyss
By Henry Allen
The proof that there is no afterlife is that Christopher Hitchens is not sending us columns, essays, books, perversities, aperçus and polemics from it. The closest we have so far is the 104 pages of "Mortality." He wrote them while knowing that he would die soon of esophageal cancer, which he did last Dec. 15, at the age of 62. Not a word from him since. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444812704577605110400199868.html
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens – review
By Colm Tóibín
He was the best company in the whole world; he had read widely and because he was an industrious man and filled with curiosity, he hoped to read much more. He would stay up late drinking and talking, moving with judicious and delicious care from the large questions of the day to the small sweet business of invective, anecdotes and gossip.
The New York Times/Sunday Book Review
By Christopher Buckley
Christopher Hitchens began his memoir, “Hitch-22,” on a note of grim amusement at finding himself described in a British National Portrait Gallery publication as “the late Christopher Hitchens.” He wrote, “So there it is in cold print, the plain unadorned phrase that will one day become unarguably true.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/books/review/mortality-by-christopher-hitchens.html
Book Of The Month
By Nick Clairmont
We are pleased but saddened to introduce our third book of the month: Mortality by Christopher Hitchens. The posthumous book represents the last work of the great journalist, polemicist, and thinker. http://bigthink.com/book-of-the-month/book-of-the-month-mortality-by-christopher-hitchens
The Last Word
By Jeff Sharlet
Mortality, a posthumous collection of Christopher Hitchens’s short essays on living with terminal esophageal cancer—“a distinctly bizarre way of ‘living,’” he emphasizes, “lawyers in the morning and doctors in the afternoon”—is an odd little book, neither fully a cancer memoir nor a meditation on the meanings we attribute to the disease.
Arts Beat/The New York Times
By John Williams
This week in the New York Times Book Review, Christopher Buckley reviews “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens, a slender book that collects the essays Mr. Hitchens wrote after being stricken with esophageal cancer.
By John Preston
The Christopher Hitchens who stares out of the cover of this book is a very different-looking figure to the one who appeared on all his other books. He’s thinner for a start - much thinner. And so is his hair. The once-thick brown mop has gone and in its place is a light dusting of frizz Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2195770/MORTALITY-BY-CHRISTOPHER-HITCHENS.html#ixzz257VGbDFf
Los Angeles Times
Review: Christopher Hitchens stays contrarian in 'Mortality'
By David L. Ulin
For all that literature is an art of self-exposure, writers tend to back away from impending death. The shelf of firsthand looks at what Janet Hobhouse called "this dying business" is a short one — http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-christopher-hitchens-20120902,0,6090416.story
The Miami Herald
Hitch’s losing battle
By Ariel Gonzalez
By all means, let us speak ill of the dead. Christopher Hitchens would have it no other way. He wore out soles from dancing on graves. Among the famously departed he dissed were Princess Diana (“a simpering Bambi narcissist”), Mother Teresa (“a thieving, fanatical Albanian dwarf”), and Ronald Reagan (“an obvious phony and loon”).
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/31/2976306/hitchs-losing-battle.html#storylink=cpy
The Huffington Post
The Imperfect Pleasure of Reading Christopher Hitchens
By Wayne K. Spear
The author known chiefly from his 1949 work Nineteen Eighty-Four was by turns a police officer, tramp, gardener and soldier, as well as a broadcaster -- his depiction of the Ministry of Truth drawing upon the BBC building in which he broadcast a literary radio program.
Plus Excerpt via Publishers Weekly
Christopher Hitchens’ Mortality: A rare honest book about death.
By Katie Roiphe
Before being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens wrote in his memoir, Hitch-22, “I want to stare death in the eye.”
This seems, of course, an impossible blustery task, but in his last book, Mortality he comes astonishingly close to pulling it off.
Read more http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/roiphe/2012/08/christopher_hitchens_mortality_an_honest_book_about_death_.html
2012 Winner: Arguably
"Arguably is a book of essays astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative, taking on everything from Middle Eastern politics to Thomas Jefferson and Prince Charles, from Lolita and Ezra Pound to Hitler, Saul Bellow and Hugo Boss."
Read more http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/2240
Author Martin Amis on coping with the loss of his best friend Christopher Hitchens.
When Christopher Hitchens died in December, Martin Amis lost his best friend. The British author says his immediate desolation gave way to a much greater love of life, something Amis believes Hitchens had in spades and bequeathed to him when he passed away.
Watch video here.
Daily Mail Online
There has been a recent spate of books written by men suffering from terminal cancer. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens is, by my reckoning, the third this year, the others being When I Die by the New Labour PR Philip Gould, and Until Further Notice, I Am Alive by the art critic Tom Lubbock.
WHITE WALLS / BLACK INK
No one who might have glanced over back in December at a post on my now defunct political blog, Orwell’s Hanky, about the death of Christopher Hitchens, will labor through this review with any misapprehensions regarding objectivity. I’ve grown to become very comfortable in the position that no review (or even, honestly, rather much journalism of any sort) can or should reach for objectivity. http://wwbi.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/christopher-hitchenss-mortality/
MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.
By Carol Blue
Onstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow. If you ever saw him at the podium, you may not share Richard Dawkins’s assessment that “he was the greatest orator of our time”, but you will know what I mean – or at least you won’t think, “She would say that, she’s his wife.” Offstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow.
Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9480797/Christopher-Hitchens-an-impossible-act-to-follow.html
By Christopher Hitchens and David Plotz
As he faced death from cancer, author and journalist Christopher Hitchens kept his wry sense of humour to the very end, it emerged today.
He used a hospital food tray as a desk for his computer to record his last thoughts about the illness which claimed his life at 62.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190200/I-fighting-battling-cancer--fighting-Last-words-author-Christopher-Hitchens-faced-death.html
Vanity Fair | August 2012
By Christopher Hitchens
By Cary Goldstein, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Twelve Books
Vanity Fair Slideshow July 2012
Family, friends, and esteemed colleagues gathered to celebrate the life and career of award-winning journalist Christopher Hitchens at the Cooper Union Foundation Building, in New York City.
Christopher Hitchens, the writer and commentator once described as the heir to George Orwell, was given a posthumous honour at this year's Orwell Prize.
Christopher Hitchens, the writer and commentator who died last year, was last night honoured with a Memorial at this year's Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing.
The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature kicked off Monday night with a panel discussion about the life and work of Christopher Hitchens. Billed as a “tribute” to the writer, the promotional materials for the event said it would engage with this question, among others: “Did the man and his methods overshadow his ideas?”
Read more http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/pen-festival-panel-gives-christopher-hitchens-mixed-grades/
By Vanity Fair
By Vanity Fair
“To remember friendship is to recall those conversations that it seemed a sin to break off,” wrote the late Christopher Hitchens in his June 2011 column, “Unspoken Truths,” for Vanity Fair. Today, at a memorial service in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, in New York, many of Hitchens’s friends and admirers did just that.
Christopher Hitchens' wit and warmth remembered as New York pays tribute http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/20/christopher-hitchens-memorial-new-york
Christopher Hitchens Memorial: Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Olivia Wilde Remember Writer http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/20/christopher-hitchens-memorial_n_1441508.html?ref=new-york&ir=New%20York
Christopher Hitchens Is Memorialized With an Irreverence That Would Please Him http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/20/christopher-hitchens-is-memorialized-with-an-irreverance-that-would-please-him.html
Christopher Hitchens remembered at memorial service in NYC http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/christopher-hitchens-remembered-at-memorial-service-in-nyc/2012/04/20/gIQA1usIWT_blog.html
Hitch remembered with wit http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/hitch_remembered_with_wit_6q4Tmuvhb8rZsSZRPqEggL?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Page%20Six
REMEMBERING CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/04/remembering-christopher-hitchens.html
Read more http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/04/christopher-hitchens-memorial-april-20-vanity-fair
Read also "A Memorial, Ribald and Reverent, for Christopher Hitchens" http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/a-memorial-both-ribald-and-reverent-for-christopher-hitchens/
A discussion about the life and work of author Christopher Hitchens with his friends and fellow authors: Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, James Fenton & Ian McEwan.
Watch it here (charlierose.com)
It's April 13th. Some want to call it Christopher Hitchens Day. I agree with Staks Rosch: "While some atheists will be raising a glass of Johnny Walk Black in his honor, I think the time for that solute is over. Now is the time to share his wit and wisdom with others in celebration of his life. So pick up your copy of God Is Not Great or your Quotable Hitchens and share a quote or three on your social networks and with your friends and family on his birthday. Read more (examiner.com)
Then again, why not do both?
There's also a Hitch day facebook event http://www.facebook.com/events/328324723893296/
Ephraim Hardcastle asks "What would Christoper Hitchens make of his Vanity Fair memorial arrangements?" It's an invitation-only event at Cooper Union school in New York, on April 20.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2129092/What-Christoper-Hitchens-make-Vanity-Fair-memorial-arrangements.html#ixzz1rtRRmk94
Then we have the PEN World Voices Festival, New York City, with a Christopher Hitchens tribute on Monday, April 30.
With Graydon Carter, Victor S. Navasky, George Packer, and Katha Pollit. Moderated by Ian Buruma.
No word yet on a possible London, UK memorial.
The late Christopher Hitchens is one of 18 authors selected for the Orwell Prize for political writing.
A book by the late Christopher Hitchens is leading the field for this year’s Orwell Prize for best political book. Arguably, a collection of essays whose subjects range from the War on Terror to Diana, Princess of Wales, was praised by Nicholas Shakespeare in the Telegraph as displaying the author's characteristic “wit, intelligence and passion”.
This year's shortlists are announced next month and the winners on May 23.
Read more (telegraph.co.uk
Cary Goldstein, publisher and editor-in-chief of Twelve, says the three books being reissued in print and as e-books for the first time, are:
- The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice with a new introduction by Thomas Mallon, originally published in 1995.
- No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton with a new introduction by Douglas Brinkley, originally published in 1999.
- The Trial of Henry Kissinger, with a new introduction by Ariel Dorfman, originally published in 2001.
Read more (books.usatoday.com)
LA Times / Ministry of Gossip
Read more http://lat.ms/waQatW
Each place setting at the party has an engraved Zippo lighter with a Christopher Hitchens quote..
Atlantic Magazine | March 2012
By Christopher Hitchens
PROFESSOR KER’S SPIRITED and double-barreled attempt at a rehabilitation of his cherished subject is enjoyable in its own right, and takes in such matters as Chesterton’s dialectical genius for paradox, the authority of the Father Brown stories in the detective genre, and the salience of Charles Dickens in the English canonical one. But for him to show that his hero was the protagonist of a superior form of English democratic virtue, Ker would have to meet me where we are at agreement: on the high quality of Chesterton’s poems.
Read more (theatlantic.com)
The story behind Christopher Hitchens’s March 2012 essay here.
By Benjamin Schwarch, The Atlantic’s literary and national editor.
FREE INQUIRY February / March 2012
By Christopher Hitchens
If you haven’t read it, you will almost certainly have seen it: the critique of Professor Richard Dawkins that arraigns him for being too “strident” in his confrontations with his critics. According to this line of attack, Dawkins has no business stepping outside the academy to become a “public intellectual” and even...
Read more (secularhumanism.org)
Funeral and Memorial arrangements
By Peter Hitchens
Some people have asked me when and where my brother’s funeral took place. In fact, as Christopher donated his body to medical science, there has not been and will not be any funeral. He took this decision partly because of his religious (or rather non-religious) opinions, and partly because, much influenced by his friend Jessica Mitford and her book ‘The American Way of Death’, he disliked what he regarded as the excesses of the American funeral industry.
Read more (http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk)
Hitchens Monument Petition
Please help get a statue of Christopher erected in London (and, after so many comments rightly suggesting it, we’ll try for DC too) by signing the e-petition. Sign it here (atheist-reference.org)
Take it seriously or not, there is a 'Award a posthumous Knighthood to Christopher Hitchens' petition with 273 signatures here. (ipetitions.com)
Publication of Christopher Hitchens' last book Mortality, originally scheduled for April, has been put back to the autumn.
The title, a collection of essays on death first published in Vanity Fair, will now appear in September.
Read more (thebookseller.com)
By Salman Rushdie
On June 8th, 2010, I was “in conversation” with Christopher Hitchens at the 92nd Street Y in New York in front of his customary sellout audience, to launch his memoir, Hitch-22. Christopher turned in a bravura performance that night, never sharper, never funnier, and afterwards at a small, celebratory dinner the brilliance continued. A few days later he told me that it was on the morning of the Y event that he had been given the news about his cancer.
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Vanity Fair February 2012
By Graydon Carter
Christopher Hitchens was a wit, a charmer, and a troublemaker, and to those who knew him well, he was a gift from, dare I say it, God. He died 10 days before Christmas at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, after a punishing battle with esophageal cancer, the same disease that had killed his father. His was a true life of the mind, and, in this respect, he towered over his contemporaries in Washington, New York, and London.
Read more http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2012/02/graydon-201201
By Christopher Hitchens
Those who study Charles Dickens, or who keep up the great cult of his admiration, had been leading a fairly quiet life until a few years ago. The occasional letter bobs to the surface, or a bit of reminiscence is discovered, or perhaps some fragment of a souvenir from his first or second American tour.
Read more http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/02/hitchens-201202