Friday, December 16, 2011
Hitchens wrote with a pair of giant balls*, constantly swimming against the tide of conventional thinking. If you read enough of his work, you were certainly offended at some point, though you were undoubtedly enlightened at other times.
Professional writers will do a much better job over the next few days elucidating his impact, so I will endeavor instead to direct you all to some of his work so you can decide for yourself. So may I suggest you all go to this site, should you want to read some of his best work for Slate.
Cancer sucks. Hitchens' recent comments that he wanted to be awake when dying to make sure he fully participated in the full spectrum of the human life cycle show his determined spirit amid a grim prognosis.
*not meant literally, because that would be gross and less efficient. I'm pretty sure he wrote with fingers, using pens, pencils and modern technology.