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Christopher Hitchens
Posted: 15 December 2011 10:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/12/In-Memoriam-Christopher-Hitchens-19492011    I just saw this a few minutes ago.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 12:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I saw that too.  It’s a sad day, but his memory will live on in many of us and we still have his writings.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 12:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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His column in Free Inquiry will be missed by many, me included. His life has been very fruitful. To honor him on line, let’s hyperlink to his work so that Google knows we believe it is worth linking to. Hitchens’ bibliography according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Christopher_Hitchens:

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  1984 Cyprus. Quartet. Revised editions as Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger, 1989 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and 1997 (Verso).
  1987 Imperial Spoils: The Curious Case of the Elgin Marbles. Chatto and Windus (UK)/Hill and Wang (US, 1988) / 1997 UK Verso edition as The Elgin Marbles: Should They Be Returned to Greece? (with essays by Robert Browning and Graham Binns). Reissued and updated 2008 as The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification, Verso.
  1988 Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports. Hill and Wang (US)/Chatto and Windus (UK).
  1990 The Monarchy: A Critique of Britain’s Favorite Fetish. Chatto & Windus, 1990.
  1990 Blood, Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Reissued 2004, with a new introduction, as Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship, Nation Books, ISBN 1-56025-592-7)
  1993 For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports. Verso, ISBN 0-86-091435-6
  1995 The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. Verso.
  1999 No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton. Verso. Reissued as No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family in 2000.
  2000 Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere. Verso
  2001 The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Verso.
  2001 Letters to a Young Contrarian. Basic Books.
  2002 Why Orwell Matters, Basic Books (US)/UK edition as Orwell’s Victory, Allen Lane/The Penguin Press.
  2003 A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq. Plume Books. Originally released as Regime Change (Penguin).
  2004 Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays. Thunder’s Mouth, Nation Books, ISBN 1-56025-580-3
  2005 Thomas Jefferson: Author of America. Eminent Lives/Atlas Books/HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN 0-06-059896-4
  2006 Thomas Paine’s "Rights of Man": A Biography. Books That Shook the World/Atlantic Books, ISBN 1-84354-513-6
  2007 God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Twelve/Hachette Book Group USA/Warner Books, ISBN 0446579807 / Published in the UK as God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion. Atlantic Books, ISBN 978-1-84354-586-6
  2010 Hitch-22 Some Confessions and Contradictions: A Memoir . Hachette Book Group. ISBN 9780446540339 (published by Allen and Unwin in Australia in May 2010 with the shorter title: Hitch-22. A Memoir.) ISBN 978-1-74175-962-4
  2011 Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. Twelve. UK edition as Arguably: Selected Prose. Atlantic.

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  2007 The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer. Perseus Publishing. ISBN 9780306816086

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  1976 Callaghan, The Road to Number Ten (with Peter Kellner). Cassell, ISBN 0-304-29768-2
  1988 Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question (contributor; co-editor with Edward Said). Verso, ISBN 0-86091-887-4. Reissued, 2001.
  1994 When Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds (with Ed Kashi). Pantheon Books.
  1994 International Territory: The United Nations, 1945-1995 (with Adam Bartos). Verso.
  2002 Left Hooks, Right Crosses: A Decade of Political Writing (co-editor, with Christopher Caldwell).
  2008 Is Christianity Good for the World? – A Debate (co-author, with Douglas Wilson). Canon Press, ISBN 1-59128-053-2.
  2008 Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq and the Left (co-author, with other contributions edited by Simon Cottee and Thomas Cushman). New York University Press.
  2010 The Best American Essays 2010 (co-editor with Robert Atwan). Mariner Books.
  2011 Hitchens vs. Blair: Be it Resolved, Religion is a Force of Good in the World (co-author with Tony Blair). House of Anansi Press.

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  2000 Vanity Fair’s Hollywood, Graydon Carter and David Friend (editors). Viking Studio.
  2005 A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq, Thomas Cushman (editor). University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-24555-5
  2008. Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq and the Left (co-edited by Simon Cottee and Thomas Cushman). New York University Press.
  2011 The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism, Windsor Mann (editor). Da Capo Press.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 12:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Book introductions, forewords and prefaces

  1997 In Our Time: The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion, Clement Leibovitz and Alvin Finkel (Authors). Foreword to Paperback Edition. Monthly Review Press.
  1999 A Handbook on Hanging, Charles Duff (Author). Introduction. New York Review of Books.
  2000 Scoop, Evelyn Waugh (Author). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition.
  2000 Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995, Joe Sacco (Author). Foreword. Fantagraphics Books.
  2000 1968: War & Democracy, Eugene J. McCarthy (Author). Foreword. Lone Oak Press.
  2000 Vanity Fair’s Hollywood, Graydon Carter and David Friend (Editors). Introduction. Viking Studio.
  2001 Kosovo: Background to a War, Stephen Schwartz (Author). Foreword. Anthem Press.
  2001 The Mating Season, P. G. Wodehouse (Author). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition.
  2001 Orwell in Spain, George Orwell (Author), Peter Davison (Editor). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition
  2002 Machinery of Death: The Reality of America’s Death Penalty Regime, David R. Dow and Mark Dow (Editors). Foreword. Routledge.
  2002 From Russia, With Love, Dr. No, and Goldfinger, Ian Fleming (Author). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition.
  2003 Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell (Author). Introduction. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  2003 The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow (Author). Introduction. Penguin Group.
  2004 Orient Express, Graham Greene (Author). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition.
  2004 Hons and Rebels, Jessica Mitford (Author). Introduction. New York Review of Books.
  2004 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (Author). Foreword. HarperCollins.
  2005 House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende (Author). Introduction. Everyman’s Library.
  2007 Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene (Author). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition.
  2007 Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia, Rebecca West (Author). Introduction. Penguin Classics Edition.
  2008 Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis, Kingsley Amis (Author). Introduction. Bloomsbury USA.
  2008 God: The Failed Hypothesis- How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist, Victor J. Stenger (Author). Foreword to Paperback Edition. New York: Prometheus Books.
  2008 Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Author). Introduction to Paperback Edition. Simon and Schuster.
  2009 First in Peace: How George Washington Set the Course for America, Conor Cruise O’Brien (Author). Introduction. Da Capo Press.
  2009 Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson, Anita Thompson (Editor). Introduction to Paperback Edition. Da Capo Press.
  2009 Certitude: A Profusely Illustrated Guide to Blockheads and Bullheads, Past and Present, Adam Begley (Author), Edward Sorel (Illustrator). Introduction. Crown Archetype.
  2010 Against Religion: The Atheist Writings of H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft (Author), S. T. Joshi (Editor). Foreword. Sporting Gentlemen.
  2010 Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud (Author). Introduction. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  2012 Diaries, George Orwell (Author). Introduction. Liverlight.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 04:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I shall miss him but at least we have his books and other writings.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 04:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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It’s sad to know he is gone. I was not a great admirer of Hitch until his battle with cancer, which he dealt with in an extraordinarily open and honest fashion. He was always a great writer and polemicist, of course.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 05:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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RIP, Hitch.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 06:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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dougsmith - 16 December 2011 04:55 AM

It’s sad to know he is gone. I was not a great admirer of Hitch until his battle with cancer, which he dealt with in an extraordinarily open and honest fashion. He was always a great writer and polemicist, of course.

Just out of curiosity, what did you dislike about him?

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Posted: 16 December 2011 06:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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His obit was mentioned on the ribbon at CNN this morning. He was definitely the “bulldog” of the 4 horsemen. His books were a great read and learning tool.


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Posted: 16 December 2011 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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New Statesman - Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens - Exclusive extracts from the writer’s final interview (Dec 13th 2011)
http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/12/dawkins-hitchens-catholic

(via Jacob Appelbaum)

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Posted: 16 December 2011 07:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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mid atlantic - 16 December 2011 06:19 AM
dougsmith - 16 December 2011 04:55 AM

It’s sad to know he is gone. I was not a great admirer of Hitch until his battle with cancer, which he dealt with in an extraordinarily open and honest fashion. He was always a great writer and polemicist, of course.

Just out of curiosity, what did you dislike about him?

I found his polemics too often arrogant, nasty and unpleasant. Though as I say, very well-spoken and written. More of the clear-eyed humility came out at the end, and I found that easier to embrace.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 09:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Even though I often disagreed with Hitchens approach, I will give him credit for bringing muich attention to our life stance.  He had a knack for keeping things from getting boring.  My condolences to his loved ones.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I saw this news this morning. Sad, but unfortunately inevitable, given his cancer. A brilliant thinker, wordsmith, and non-conformist.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 10:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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He was quite a public skeptic, this is a real loss to the skeptical movement.  I think that he gave some good pushes to move public opinion and broadcast media.  I think we could use more public skeptics.

Although I never supported the Iraq war, I’m curious to hear some more of his views.

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Posted: 17 December 2011 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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An interesting and unexpected story about Hitchens in case you haven’t seen it on CNN.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/16/my-take-an-evangelical-remembers-his-friend-hitchens/?&hpt=hp_c2

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Posted: 17 December 2011 07:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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After reading many online comments about Hitch’s death, it seems very clear there was a big divide among the freethinking world in regards to his standing; more than a few freethinkers are glad he is dead.  His views on terrorism, the Iraq war, Mother Teresa ect. pissed a lot of progressive people off.

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