Last post and closing remarks

January 8, 2013

Time has come to publish the last post on this site. I've been posting links and articles for three years, and it's been great. I always felt my thing, the purpose of the site, was to share and post the very latest on Hitchens, especially upcoming events. He is no longer with us, so, there won't be anymore books, essays, talks or debates by the contrarian to link to. If I don't have the motivation to frequently look for news,events and articles, why bother, I ask myself. Why not call it a day? Perhaps I should've done it months ago, but it's been hard to let go.

As said, it's been great, but I don't want to leave doubts about the future of this site. People still visit DH and many wonder if there will be new posts. No, there won't. I'm telling you this because I don't want to waste anyone's time. I want to thank everyone who has visited, hopefully you've had some use of the site. I'm also glad Hitchens visited DH, he called it 'useful'. 

Daily Hitchens will stay online as an archive. The news feeds will continue to provide Hitch related writings, but I don't control them, only by keyword. Comments are no longer moderated, and I won't be tweeting. I'll remain admin of the facebook page, but there won't be links shared in Hitchens' name. The Daily Hitchens facebook page has been and remains inactive, I haven't had much use of it other than for admin purposes. The forum requires membership these days, due to spam.

I leave you with Hitchens' closing remarks from the William Dembski debate. Poetic..inspiring..
Thanks, and all the best to everyone.

71 comments:

Hi Tom,

Sorry to hear that there won't be more posts. While knowing that this was probably going to happen, I still feel a bit down about it - I still can't believe he's gone I guess.

Anyway, thanks so much for your site. Hitchens was (and still is) an inspiration, and your site made it much easier to watch/read his work.

All the best,
James Bloodworth

awb said...

I recall the excitement I had when I learned from this site that Hitchens would be debating Dembski in my backyard. Seeing him make those comments in person was something I won't soon forget. Thank you for hosting the site these last few years.

Tom said...

Thanks James.
Yes, it's hard to believe he's gone. But he'll continue to inspire many people.

Tom said...

awb, it's been a pleasure.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tom for creating and maintaining this site, it was always my only stop for Hitchens info.

Cheers,
Jason

Robert Collette said...

Thank you so much for all the time and effort that you put into this blog. It meant the world to me at times and it saddens me that there won't be anymore posts, but as you said, the reason for it is no longer with us. Maybe we can look forward to a book about Christopher by Carol Blue?
Take care friend.

Steve H said...

Thanks for the last 3 years, Tom. It's been a blast.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, Tom. Very, very glad to hear it's staying up as an archive. I couldn't deal with the absence of it, too. Have a great life.

Anonymous said...

Well done Tom,
You have done a great job and the time is right to let this project rest.
Hitch will always be remembered by his words.
Peace.

Gregory said...

Thank you for your work here. You chose an excellent and fitting CH excerpt to serve as your adieu.

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed this site a lot and have found it very useful. Thank you very much. I assumed it would be around forever actually; for the release of biography, future essays on Hitchens', etc. Oh well...

Vlad Baculum

Anonymous said...

Thanks for puttinng so much into this site. Every time I saw a notice of a posting in my inbox, I expected and received a nugget of wisdom.

Mark said...

Just to add appreciation for all the work here. Best wishes.

R C Iddiols said...

All the best, Tom, and thank you for maintaining the site so brilliantly. In the great relay of life, Hitch passed us the baton, and your site made the handover a little easier. Best wishes.
Robert.

Chris Bell said...

Thank you. My daily visits to this site will now cease. I'm pleased you have made this decision, it feels somehow "right".

I have a 4 month old boy and as soon as he is old enough to understand language I will speak to him about Christopher and who knows, maybe this site will still be around for him to one day discover more about Christopher and his kind..

Again, thank you.

brian said...

i have checked this site every day from Ireland looking for updates. it has been a fantastic resource and like the great man himself it will be missed.
thank you...

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tom. Your site has certainly help 'spread the word'. I wish both it and Hitch could have run on many more years! Good luck in your future endevours.

John Nazelrod said...

Thank you for your efforts, Tom. I enjoyed the site very much.

--John Nazelrod

Mette Lindbjerg said...

I want to thank you for your effort. For years, I visited this site daily and the fact that you won't be posting anymore makes me sad, because it reminds me that neither will Hitch. I am glad, however, that the site will remain an archive and a tribute to him.
Many thanks from Copenhagen,
Mette

Ian Hugh Clary said...

Really thankful for the work you've done, it was a service.

Bill Planey said...

I have also appreciated this site.

All things must pass...

Thomas Fleckner said...

Dear "Daily Hitchens",

it is sad, but understandable to hear that the site will be put on "pilot light", but sadly the truth of the no longer existence of Christopher giver it no other chance. Christopher Hitchens was for me the inspiration to become active as an Atheist, instead of keeping quiet. He was unique in his way, and he will remain unique in my mind, as a mental support in all I do and will do, in my activities spreading awareness and enlightenment.

"Chapeaux"

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see it go. Best wishes comrade.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tom. Like many others this site was my one stop shop on CH. I feel sad that its disappearing but quite understand. All the very best. I miss knowing he's no longer with us.

The Audience said...

::standing ovation::

Thank you, sir. On behalf of the many, many who stand with us, thank you for creating and keeping this site as an archive for the future.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tom,
I enjoyed my time here and you always answered mails and requests.

to misquote Bertie Wooster in Carry On Jeeves (one of Hitchens favourites) it's been a feast of reason and flow of soul.

Best
Adey

Anonymous said...

Thankyou thankyou thankyou!

Charissa said...
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Anonymous said...

Damn fine job Tom! Best to you!

Kevin said...

Hi Tom,

Sorry to hear that you will no longer be 'actively' posting new material but I thank you for leaving it as an article. I only came to the writing of Christopher in Early 2011, and after reading his articles on this site for a few days came across the link to the piece where Hitchens let's his readership know he has terminal cancer.

It still pains me, it always will I think.

Regards,
Kevin

NemoUtopian said...

Thank you for your efforts, they were cut to shot by the cruel intervention of nature.

Like many I type his name into search engines in the hope that something I had not seen before will pop up, but such events are rarer by the day.

Sadly the lesser Hitchens will continue to show up long after Christopher has gone.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Tom for the site, and I'm glad it will live on as an archive. About a year ago, the idea of an annual day to honor Christopher ( perhaps his birthday ) and the principles he stood for was discussed here and there in the comments. I hope that it one day gains traction, and becomes an annual event.

Thanks again,
Austin
Chapel Hill, NC

Anonymous said...

Well done, Tom.

This site has been a great source for information, and at times inspiration.

All the best,

Anonymous said...

I want to join the others here in saying thank you for running this site and for putting so much work in to creating a consistent, reliable, pleasant place to see the latest Hitchens.

All the best,

Duncan Pike
Ottawa

Anonymous said...


Dear, Tom. (I only learned your name was "Tom" from the above comments.)

Thank you so much for your efforts. I had no idea who was running this site, but I appreciated it so very much. I'm heartened to read that you will keep the site up as an archive. There is still much I have yet to read or watch, and I look forward to doing so often. I came late to the party, and even though the host and guest of honor have both said "Good night", I would like to stay for one last scotch.

Cheers, everyone!

James W.
Claremont, Ca.

Steve Noctor said...

Dear Tom,

Thanks so much for running this site. I've been a weekly reader for quite some time and had shared the url with friends. This has been a great website to watch Hitchens in action and to learn.

Steve

Thank you so much for all your efforts here. They helped me get to know CH at this hight. I would not have known him quite so well if it was not for your linking to his material. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing such a splendid job.

I still can't believe he's gone...his writings so profoundly changed my life. It's great to know that this archive will exist for future generations to delight in and be enlightened by.

Kind regards,

Matthew
UK

I miss his voice, his ideas, his passion and his ironic way of debating. Thank you for showing me around and how great it is to have so many certainties and make decisions for myself.Adriana DemirdjiƔn

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this resource. I have really, really, enjoyed it. I miss Christopher Hitchens, but we're lucky to have had him.

Jockie said...

Thank you Tom for this site and for the promise to keep it as an archive. Christopher for me was a true inspiration and I miss him.

Starrrunnerixs72@yahoo.com said...

Thank you for the effort you are truly a great friend and unwavering pillar of support .. In will miss his great humanity and intellect and courage!

Anton said...

I can only but echo what has already been said.

Thanks.

John Salisbury said...

Sad but grateful for the inspirational postings

Marcopohlo said...

Thank you.

Juliana said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for everything!

Anonymous said...

thanks. it was a pleasure

Anonymous said...

I hope that there will be another willing to take up the torch. There definitely should be a forum where Hitchens admirers can meet and discuss. Thanks for making this site possible. It will continue to remain an excellent resource. Please keep it up for future generations!

sebastian said...

Thank you so much for all the love and effort you put into this project! Everyday there are new people hearing the name "christopher hitchens" for the first time. and they will search for it and find your website. then they should prepare for a live changing experience. :-) You have inspired us all and will continue to do so....Thanks!

C J Walker said...

I am too compelled to add a brief soliloquy of gratitutde to those already expressed. To you, Tom, and to Hitch, a profound and endearing bon voyage.

Anonymous said...

I clicked the bookmark for this site every other day while hitch was alive and still once every couple weeks... Thank you for maintaining this amazing site!

Mary said...

Thanks for great site. It was always part of my daily routine. Letting go is difficult but we will always have him in our memories and you have provided a wonderful archive for those of us who were deeply touch by Hitch.

All the best.... Mary

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your hard work to date. I gain comfort in knowing there is a Hitch community who share and feel the same way about this great thinker. I only wish there was something more we could do. To date I've tried to buy up all of Hitchens works before they go out of circulation. I recommend others do the same. BTW, I would love to have an index of Hitch's library at home in DC. Does anyone have Blue contact information?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your efforts in running and maintaining the site to date. A fantastic Hitch resource!

Anonymous said...

So where will the Hitch hangout be next? Any suggestions? Forums/sites ect.

Matthew said...

I think you made the right choice. Thank you for all you have done and for keeping DH archived.

LJ said...

Tom, we all owe you a debt for your tireless work in collecting all things "Hitch" and collating neatly for us on this site. Thank you for all of your hard work in helping perpetuate these powerful ideas.

Anonymous said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I first came across this man when I was randomly searching for anything cool on youtube. That was one week ago. I watched clips of him every day since only to find out today that he passed away. Someone once told me that certain books only come your way when you are ready to read them and hopefully that excuses my ignorance. What I would like to say is; Thank you, Christopher. I'm not scared anymore.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Hitch and you too Tom.

Adieu

Patrice, Ottawa, Canada

jamie smith said...

Thank you Tom. Chris continues to be sorely missed by us all. Your site will help enlighten those not yet familiar with the great man.

RuthMary said...

I 'discovered' Christopher about 10 years ago and have read his work ever since. He was an inspiration to me and I hope his memory will continue to live on in thousands of other people like me.

Christopher was unique and simply irreplaceable.

Great job Tom for what you have done here.

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Anonymous said...

Discovering more and more about CH, really through Richard Dawkins and other associations. Sadly these revelations arrive whilst in my middle years but I'm so very thankful. Just happened upon this forum, and as a recent Atheist convert, it's heartening to learn how many like-minded people there are and how respected and loved CH is. Thank you CH. I venture further to open- mindedness. LT

gnonanon said...

A good man. If there is a God, he'll be welcome. If there is not, or regardless, it was an honor and privilege sharing the planet with this man.

Glenn Floyd said...

I feel as robbed of spirit by beautiful Christopher's passing as I have by John Lennon's. Absolute courage and honesty is the province of few men, 98% of religious are liars, 2% are idiots. Missing his power so but privileged to have lived in a good world he shaped by his power, he shows us perfectly how to live; and perfectly how to die,
Glenn Floyd Australia 23/10/2013 www.glennfloyd.org/tertiary.pdf

 
 
 

Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir