Hitchens: forever captivating, forever captivated.

Christopher Hitchens in Quotes from The Telegraph. One of my favorites, on cats and dogs:

[O]wners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

Obituary from The Guardian

The NY Times obit

Ta-Nehisi Coates in his blog for The Atlantic…I remain grateful for having studied at Hitchens virtual foot. I would salute his ascent into Valhalla. But I think that just be defiling a warrior’s grave.

Abbas Raza on Hitchens: “It has become normal in some circles to always preface any profession of admiration for Hitchens (and anyone who doesn’t admire him in some way or other is a rotten Philistine in my not-very-humble opinion) with something like, “I don’t agree with some of his political views, but…”, as if it is normal to agree with public intellectuals of prodigious output 100% of the time. This just irritates me.” Speak it, Abbas.

Christopher Buckey’s Postscript in The New YorkerThe jacket of his next book, a collection of breathtaking essays, perfectly titled “Arguably,” contains some glowing words of praise, including my own (humble but earnest) asseveration that he is—was—”the greatest living essayist in the English language.” One or two reviewers demurred, calling my effusion “forgivable exaggeration.” To them I say: O.K., name a better one. I would alter only one word in that blurb now.


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  1. […] unending praise on a man after his death when nothing of the sort has happened. One need only read the collection of links I posted the day of his death, all of which were far kinder than other sources. Even these tributes were quick to note that the […]

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