24 comments for “Christoper Hitchens

  1. December 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I dislike the photo you have posted of a young Hitchens.

    Most of us don’t recognize that young face at all.
    I’d much prefer you display a photo of Hitchens that we all can recognize as Hitchens.
    I hope you’ll fix that. As it is, it’s alienating.

    Yes, Christopher Hitchens was a great man.
    He stood up and said what needed to be said. He did it right.

    • Al Stefanelli
      December 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

      I truly appreciate your comments, and I had thought long and hard about what image to use. The only thing I could come up with was what I want when my time comes. My body will be ravaged by the time I die, and I would rather have a picture of me displayed (wherever) when I was in my prime, fullest of life, energy and with a majority of my life ahead of me. Yes, he was a great man and yes, he stood up and said what was needed. However, the picture will remain as it is. Thanks, again, Dan. I really do appreciate your comments.

      • December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

        I agree with Dan about the picture, Al. Picturing Christopher in his prime as a youth misses the point. He should be pictured in the prime of his career as a writer and speaker who we would all recognize immediately. I do not recognize him in this picture either. While I don’t think he should be pictured as he was after he became ill, I do think he should be pictured as the brilliant man that we all recognize. JMO

        • December 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

          I appreciate this picture. It took me a second to recognize him, and I like the pure youthfulness of it, in contrast with the images we’re most familiar with and of the ones during the last year of his life, when he lost weight and lost his hair. It rounds out his life, in my opinion. It reminds me that we’re all headed for the same fate, no matter how young and healthy we are. Hitch, more than anyone, taught me that I don’t need to apologize for embracing reason over superstition. Well played, sir!

        • oldebabe
          December 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          Yes, I agree. We were all cute when we were young and foolish, and probably mostly stupid to boot. I do not/did not know this early Hitchens, and it is entirely irrelevant to what he became.

      • AlanMac
        December 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        I like this picture. As there are currently many articles and pictures now in the blogosphere, it is really part of a cyber-collage. As we morn the loss, we must also celebrate a life well lived, all of that life.

  2. lafranceprofonde
    December 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

    A sad day and Christopher Hitchens will be missed by all of us who have learned so much from his writing and felt so encouraged by it. I like the photo as it leads one to reflect what that young man made of his life and the outstanding intellect behind those eyes.

  3. December 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

    He set a great example for all those who were reluctant to point out the ridiculousness of religious thought. Largely because of him, the privileged place of religion in society that places it beyond criticism is slowly being eroded.
    He eviscerated the arguments of “sophisticated” theists showing them to be the nonsense they are.
    I don’t think he’d mind that I regularly quote him in my debates with the deluded.
    I’ll miss his wit.

  4. Sam Medina
    December 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Christopher Hitchens was an and continues to be an inspiration to me. His logic was illuminating. I remember when I first discovered the writings and teachings of Mr. Hitchens. Incredible. I’ve been a non-believer in any deity for quite sometime now, however, I wish I would’ve known about Christopher many many years ago. It wasn’t until I shed the dogma that was indoctrinated into me, that I found such great minds as His, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Stephen Hawking and many others. His charismatic way of expressing his disdain for religion will forever be embedded in my life. He will be missed. R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens…

  5. December 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for everything, Hitch! I believe the world is truly a better and more rational place for having had Christopher Hitchens in it.

  6. Ell
    December 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I dont care about celebrities when they die, I never really bat an eyelid, as I have lost loved ones and they are ones worth thinking about.
    However I cried today, first time in a long time.
    Not just for the death of this amazing man, but for humanity.
    We, as a species, lost a great man today and the planet will be a much worse place without him.
    Now is not the time for point scoring with the religious nuts, or to waste time getting angry about their heartless, horrific, spiteful ‘if only he had found jesus’ comments – Today is about one thing, remembering this man and promising to continue his work.
    We will miss you Christopher.

  7. Shaun
    December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

    He is the prime and blunt example of how to be a free thinker and speak with conviction and purpose never wasting a word. He taught me not wear my convictions on my sleeve but to speak them in the most hostile of company.

  8. December 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Goodbye, Christopher

    You will be missed sorely. Your candid and unapologetic advocacy for atheism encouraged many of us to begin to step out of the shadows, to stand up for our rights, and to push back against the dangerous rising tide of religious fundamentalism in our own country and throughout the world. Your acerbic wit and rapier tongue decimated many a theistic opponent. Laying waste to the idea of “respecting religious beliefs”. Exposing it instead for the oppressive and retarding influence it is on the minds of mankind. You, sir, have inspired a generation and have given us a voice. Each of us must do our part to pick up this gauntlet which you have laid down.

    We stand on the shoulders of GIANTS.

  9. December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

    The Thinking World has lost a great voice for reason.

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  11. timberwoof
    December 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    As I was growing up, I saw pictures of famous people in textbooks and such. They were all old and I never connected with them … I didn’t connect with the fact that famous old people generally start out as exceptional young people. Perhaps photographs of famous people when they were young would help young people connect with them and think, “I could do that” despite the authoritative voices that keep saying, “No, don’t do that. It’s already been done. Nobody needs that. …”

    It is good to see such photos in addition to the most recent ones.

  12. carol j. loomis
    December 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    We have lost one of the most brilliant minds of our generation. I do not cry, and I’ve been a teary mess all day. You will be missed, Mr. Hitchens.

  13. December 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Amen, amen, and amen.

  14. Dave A
    December 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    The picture is wonderful. I doubt that anyone would recognize Hitchens in the photo, but that why it’s good. I’m sure that all the naysayers know what he looked like as a mature adult. In his last few months he was as active as he could be and was in many pictures. I’ll miss his views on religion, but I can do without his love of W.

  15. oldebabe
    December 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Well, CH and I share the same birthdate, as we do, FYI, with Thomas Jefferson, i.e. April 13.

    Very nice to think about.

  16. jj7212
    December 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    It’s the thought that counts, Al. A picture says a thousand words. We all feel the same way about Hitch, I’m sure. I still nice to know that you are still here. I really enjoy your essays. Let’s remember Hitch by keep on spreading our own message in our own way. Peace.

  17. rtootie
    December 19, 2011 at 1:31 am

    If only Jerry Falwell was alive to see this.

  18. crocswsocks
    December 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Great picture. If only there was better quality back then…

  19. August 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for posting the fine photo of the young, beautiful Christopher Hitchens. I agree with the contributor who said we’d all like to be remembered as we were in our glorious youth. He was, as he readily admitted, a pretty boy, & attracted admireres of both sexes. He was a fine essayist, a great memoirist, & perhaps the best polemicist of his time. Unlike most of us, when Hitch really got heated,he became more eloquent, not less.

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