Age 62, wrestled with cancer since spring 2010, knowing he could not win or even get a draw. But he gave death hell.
I adored Hitch since the first time I read him. Don’t remember when, I subscribed to both Vanity Fair and Atlantic in the 1990s. He might even have still been a Trotskyist and mebbe died as one, but it was before he endorsed Dubya’s whack of Saddam [on behalf of the Kurds], before he challenged my Roman Catholic self with his evisceration of Mother Teresa.
Hitch was Hitch—he called ’em like he saw ’em, an honest man. He never fronted for anybody.
Christopher Hitchens was of course a New Atheist as well. And, just a day after his death, he described Ronald Reagan—revered on this sub-blog, see our title—as a “cruel and stupid lizard.”
But I think Hitch would be OK with me—and Tim Kowal, I think, mebbe even Ronald Reagan—wishing him Rest in Peace, Godspeed, and even hoping to meet him again in some Next World, for the first time. Of such things heavens are made.