The person with the best take on the death of Christopher Hitchens would have to be Christopher Hitchens.
Here he is:
"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."
When you write essays or air your opinions in public, people come up to you and, if you're lucky, say, "I don't always agree with you, but I enjoy your work."
With Hitchens, one had to go a little further. There was something thrilling about Hitchens arguing against one's own position in that marvelous unfurling prose. It was nearly an erotic feeling.
We'll talk about his legacy today and round up the week in politics and pop culture.
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