He was a great intellect, a great writer, and a great drinker. The world is a lesser place now that Hitch is gone. With he an Hunter Thompson gone, are there any journalists left?
I cannot say I agreed with every opinion he held, but I don’t think I ever found flaw in his arguments. He was like Rex Murphy, but smart.
My favorite Hitch quote was his reaction to a Fundamentalist Christian who, lacking sophisticated physiological knowledge, suggested that his esophageal cancer was some sort of directed punishment from God for using his throat to blaspheme:
“My so-far uncancerous throat . . . is not at all the only organ with which I have blasphemed.”
Amen, Mr. Hitchens.