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Danube of Thought

Christopher Buckley on Hitch at the LUN.

Ignatz

From the other thread;
Interesting remembrance of Hitchens from Christopher Buckley.[DoT just linked the same story so no use repeating it]

Hitchens seemed an extraordinarily intelligent man who couldn't see the trees for the forest. While he took his enemies and those he despised to task personally I have a hard time remembering him ever personalizing those he championed. They were always some nameless mass of victims, seldom actual individuals. Props on the stage of his never ending morality plays.

Clarice

Of the two Chrises, I'd pick Hitchens in a heartbeat.

Porchlight

Reposting my comment from the last thread:

Hitchens had some blind spots, to be sure. There is the aforementioned matter of his maliciousness toward believers (Mother Teresa in particular). But beyond that, I think he wanted to believe he was a man of the Left even after his semi-conversion post 9/11, and thus would pretzel himself into all manner of ridiculous positions wrt domestic politics - such as supporting Obama. He did personalize those he considered his enemies, as Buckley mentions - Kissinger comes to mind. He absolutely spat on Reagan after Reagan's death, calling him stupid and (IIRC) a liar.

Still and all, like Clarice I'd also vote for C.H. over C.B. anyday if it came to that.

Clarice

And that man was brave and he could right.

Clarice

*write* (good grief!)

Captain Hate

Still and all, like Clarice I'd also vote for C.H. over C.B. anyday if it came to that.

It probably wouldn't be appropriate for me to thank you for the votes of support; although I'd hope you'd hold me in higher regard than CB.

Porchlight

I wondered if you'd catch that, Cap'n. Yes, never fear, I do hold you in much higher regard than ole T. Coddington.

Frau Trauer

The death of Chris Hitchens saddens me greatly. I went to buy his book "No One Left To Lie To" (about the Clintons) and found that Borders had not even put out one of the 4-8 copies they were supposed to have. I pointed out to the multi-pierced salesperson that it surprised me greatly since the author was well-regarded by liberals.
LUN

Captain Hate

Was CB the model for TCodd? That would make a lot of sense (and sorry if I'm late to the party on that).

Clarice

Leaving soon. If a lion doesn't devour me first I'll check in when I can find an IT connection though posting may be a problem. Happy Chanukah, merry Christmas and smoooooooches.

narciso

Looking around the Slate site, and even his old haunts at the Nation,

Captain Hate

Bon voyage, C.

As of monday I will be "on site" at a client so I probably won't be posting so much on week days. The joys of working out of my house will be on hold for a while.

matt

I found his polemic against religion rather thin. He and Dawkins both posit the old "I can't see Him so I don't believe" gambit and mistake the actions and words of of men for those of a Creator.

When it is a given of many faiths that the Creator is in fact unknowable, then much that follows is supposition. I have found Jefferson's bible to be an excellent distillation of many of the core philosophies of the Christian faith while at the same time being skeptical in a time of skepticism.

Hitch was a pamphleteer in the mold of a Thomas Paine in many ways as well as a crisis junkie. He was deeply enjoyable, irascible, offensive, and informative all at the same time in many cases. He was the great "against".

His voice will be missed and we are at a loss with his absence. Resquiescat in pace.

Captain Hate

his old haunts at the Nation

Damn I'd have loved to hear him expound on the wit and wisdom of Katranny VanDer Trustfund.

Ignatz

--But beyond that, I think he wanted to believe he was a man of the Left even after his semi-conversion post 9/11, and thus would pretzel himself into all manner of ridiculous positions wrt domestic politics - such as supporting Obama.--

He was still very much a man of not just the left but the socialist left.
What set him apart was that unlike so many on the left he put his socialism behind his contempt for authoritarianism and totalitarianism in any form.
He had what has proven to be the unmanageable task of cherishing political liberty while holding economic views which in the long run make political liberty impossible.

Danube of Thought

I loved the guy. Marvelous, unparalleled writer.

Rocco

The Anchoress links an article by Fr James Martin

R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

Someone asked me this morning what I hoped for Christopher Hitchens, the fierce atheist who died after an agonizing bout with esophogeal cancer, and my first response was to say that I hope he’s pleasantly surprised. And I do. I certainly didn't agree with him on many things (on almost anything, frankly; and I was particularly annoyed at his treatment of Mother Teresa), but I always hoped that somehow he would experience an invitation from God in his earthly life; and I hope that he may now come to know God. (I could never quite shake the feeling that Mr. Hitchens' lifelong struggle with God betokened a deep hunger for the divine, or at least for answers.) Of course the famous atheist would surely dislike hearing that, as he objected to people praying for him in his final illness.

God Bless Hitch

Rocco

Happy Chanukah Clarice

matt

Has Obama lit the 18th, 19th and 20th candles of the Menorah yet? What a moron.

sbw

Iggy! Well written.

NK

Rocco-- thanks for the link. I couldn't agree more with what Fr Martin said. Most importantly, I too sensed a hunger for 'answers' in Hitchens' writings. It was almost as if he held out against faith out of stubborness. Whatever the reason, he won't mind me praying for his eternal soul.

Extraneus

sorry if I'm late to the party on that

I believe this was the first one, CH. 10/30/2008:

As a Conservative, I Must Say I Do Quite Like the Cut of this Obama Fellow's Jib

When my late father T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI founded the iconoclastic conservative journal National Topsider in 1948, he famously declared that "Now is the time for all good conservative helmsmen to hoist the mizzen, pour the cocktails, and steer this damned schooner hard starboard." In the 60 years since he first uttered it after one-too-many Cosmopolitans at one of Pamela Harriman's notorious foreign policy black tie balls, father's pithy bon mot has served as a rallying cry for conservatives from Greenwich to Chevy Chase. Today, I say it's time we conservatives once again grab the rigging, and set sail with the flotilla of the true conservative in this race: Barack Obama.
centralcal

Happy Chanukah and Bon Voyage, Clarice. We will miss you while you are away (having fun and all that).

Ignatz

--I found his polemic against religion rather thin.--

The WaPo reviewer said the below about God Is Not Great;

"I have never encountered a book whose author is so fundamentally unacquainted with its subject."
narciso

Happy Hannukah, Clarice

NK

PS: TomM's post and the comments are a reflection of the culture of decency at JOM. There are strong opinions and some occasional harsh and snarky comments at JOM, but this is an 'adult' site, in the best sense. Best to you all. Let's all reflect on our brief temporal lives during this season of the lights of Chanukah and of Advent. And with apologies to Mr. Dickens, let's try to keep that spirit in our hearts year round.

Captain Hate

Well stated NK; I try to be on my better behavior here, with sporadic lapses.

NK

Capt H-- what would JOM be without your strong, and sometimes snarky comments. I can never figure out if you are a 'heart of gold' or 'this is not an act' guy. Cheers.

Porchlight

He was still very much a man of not just the left but the socialist left.

You are right, Iggy. I meant to emphasize that I think he felt after 9/11 that he needed to prove to fellow lefties that he was still one of them. So he made sure to polish those creds when possible, sometimes to an extreme, it seemed.

Most lefties I know view him as an apostate anyway. But some of my (lefty) atheist friends still admire him even if they disagree with some of his politics.

Captain Hate

I can never figure out if you are a 'heart of gold' or 'this is not an act' guy.

They aren't mutually exclusive imo. And cheers to you.

Porchlight

Let's all reflect on our brief temporal lives during this season of the lights of Chanukah and of Advent. And with apologies to Mr. Dickens, let's try to keep that spirit in our hearts year round.

Thanks, NK. In that spirit, I urge you all to read this:

Anonymous donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts

Jim Ryan

Daniel Mudd, the former chief executive officer of Fannie Mae, and Richard Syron, ex-CEO of Freddie Mac, were sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for understating by hundreds of billions of dollars the subprime loans held by the firms. Jim Johnson and Franklin Raines could not be reached for comment because dialing the numbers to all of their scores of homes and private jets would have taken take several dozen man hours.

Jane

What I liked about Hitch was his vocabulary. Of course because of my vocabulary (which at one time was actually excellent) I rarely understood what he was talking about.

Jane

Clarice,

Have a spectacular vacation. If anything particularly juicy breaks out here, you will be the first to know.

NK

Jim Ryan-- spot on. As far as I'm concerned the spirit of the season would be best served if Johnson, raines, Goreick, Mudd Syron and the rest of the Fannie/Freddie crooks were indicted and held without bail forthwith. Dan Mudd was a descendant of Dr Muss who treated Booth, and abetted his evasion of Union troops after the assasination. How fitting, that Dan Mudd assasinated the US Housing finaance market.

Porchlight

Happy Hanukah, Clarice! Enjoy!

Ignatz

One thing I always found interesting and I think demonstrated that Hitchens' struggle with God was more than about just denying His existence, was that the hard drinking and smoking far left atheist was pro life.

lyle

I loved Hitch for no other reason than his robust and enduring disdain of the grifters, Bill and Hillary Clinton.

RIP, Hitch

glasater

Safe travels, Clarice! Hope you've got a camera along with you to take lots of pictures.
Photos are easy to post on Face Book. And if your IT connection is dodgy FB always seems to come through A-OK:)

lyle

I believe he didn't care too much for Al Gore, either, iirc. Bravo.

NK

Lyle-- Hitchens didn't suffer anyone he considered to be a fool or liar. He didn't even suffer his friends --who were not fools-- doing foolish things. I guess Hitchens was a bit like CaptH, he had a heart of gold, and was a kickass 'this is not an act' kind of guy.

Jack is Back! (The Anti-Prick)

I wonder if Clarice lights her Chanukah menora candles all at once or one for each day? Newest bit is you can now light them all at once 2 weeks ahead of time.

Driving into New York from JFK, Frederick looked around and said,"yeah, I remember this place but where is all the grafitti?"

Sad to lose such as biting wit and strong champion of western values. Hitch was the honest liberal who saw the dangers of radical Islam while his intellectual cohorts were disguising it as the results of Jewish repression.

Dave (in MA)

Ignatz, from what I've read of the guy over the years, there was no "struggle".

Captain Hate

O/T What good does it to have the Repubs in charge of the House if they're forbidden to wish their constituents a Merry Christmas?

http://weaselzippers.us/2011/12/16/unreal-congressmen-told-they-cant-say-merry-christmas-in-mail-to-constituents/

Extraneus

Any word on whether Hitch liked fledgelings?

Frau Trauer

Charitable and anonymous individuals walk among us:
"...paid off the $70 balance of her layaway account, which held nearly $200 in toys for her 4-year-old son."

It's distressing, however, to read of such a large debt for a 4-year-old. All parents should know that quantity is not necessary.

Barbara

Christopher Hitchens was an absolute delight to read or to watch in an interview. He had a fine intellect and the ability to express his viewpoint with creativity and a touch of that special British wit I so love. I wish him eternal happiness.

If God has a sense of humor, as I expect all loving persons do, can you imagine the wonderful conversation He and Hitchens are having right now?

Frau Trauer

Found in the comments at Michael Totten's blog via Insty:

... I’m so grateful I got to see him and Salman Rushdie at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. They were so playful, among other things. Changing one word in famous book titles to give them a new twist, “Good Expectations,” “Uncle Bob’s Cabin,” and of course, “Hitch 22.” Next, he and Rushdie played a favorite game of theirs wherein they changed the word heart, from book to song titles, to the word ‘dick.’ In tit-for-tat fashion the anti-theist and the fatwa subject bandied, “Bury my dick at wounded knee,” “Don’t go breakin my dick,” “I left my dick in San Fransisco,” and the coup de grace, Hitches took Woody Allen’s remark about his daughter / wife (I love Woody Allen) and said, “The ____ wants what the ____ wants.” (S.Moshen)

Also mentioned was that Richard Fernandez suggests raising a glass to Hitchens.

Porchlight

If God has a sense of humor, as I expect all loving persons do, can you imagine the wonderful conversation He and Hitchens are having right now?

Yes, Barbara - quite mindblowing for Hitch, I imagine.

I'm happy to learn he was pro-life. Softens the rest a little bit.

matt

Jim, my own thoughts on the Fannie/Freddy fraud. LUN

NK

Matt-- alas, Mudd et al were not indicted, it's a civil suit brought by the SEC.

narciso

It's hard to pull off ignorant and vicious, but some manage;

http://coreyrobin.com/2011/12/16/christopher-hitchens-the-most-provincial-spirit-of-all/

Ignatz

--Ignatz, from what I've read of the guy over the years, there was no "struggle".--

Dave,
What I'm inferring from his contradictory positions and hostility is a concealed or perhaps not even self-known struggle within himself over God. Something of 'the Lady doth protest too much' syndrome.
I've found the hostile atheist to be more willing to listen and frankly more apt to convert than the indifferent agnostic.
I suspect it's because atheists seldom have a preconceived notion of God, whereas many agnostics think that he may exist and if he does he's just like they are so they've shut their ears to hearing of a wholly different one.

Captain Hate

Ugh, I'm sorry I bothered clicking on that pathetic person's sorry excuse for a blog. I'm sure he's very insightful regarding Sarah Palin in his book.

narciso

Well I did preface it, Captain, he thinks Sarah and Burke, are opposites, whereas I feel they are kindred spirits, Burke going after Hastings, and Sarah going after the Combine in her native state,

Captain Hate

Oh I was definitely forewarned, narc; I just am overly curious to view how low some people will descend in the relatively impersonal online settings.

narciso

We have yet another winner, of the caliber of that UC provoca- english professor, in the LUN

matt

fixed NK. Thanks.

MaryD

Christopher Hitchens appeared on Howie Carr's Boston radio show when he toured the Clinton book, "No one Left to Lie To". I lived in Boston at the time and had bought the book that morning. I called the show and, overflowing with enthusiasm, told him his reading of Clinton was spot on, and that moreover it was one of the funniest books I had ever read. When I finished gushing, there was a nanosecond's pause, and he gleefully yelled, "THANKS, MOM!" I cracked up.

He was mu favorite commie. I'm with the priest who hopes he was pleasantly surprised.

Ignatz

--He was mu favorite commie.--

LOL.

Jim Ryan

Good post, Matt. You say fraud from 1998, but the rot (whether it was fraud, it was rot) began in the early 1990's with Johnson.

MaryD

mu = my

Sorry Christopher

Ignatz

--mu = my--

In case you were wondering, I wasn't LOLing at the "mu", Mary, but the "my favorite commie" line.

MaryD

That's what I thought, Ignatz. My embarrassment was in screwing up a tribute to the Hitch!

Tonto

I went to a Christopher Hitchens/George Galloway debate at Baruch college a couple of years ago, and while we were all standing in line to get in CH appeared (dripping in sweat -- it was summer, as I recall) and leafleted the crowd with his debate points. Then he went into the auditorium (looking incredibly dishevled) and absolutely killed.

A few years before that I met him at one of the David Horowitz events (he was the most intimidating intellect I ever encountered), but my stand-out memory is of him and Ann Coulter at evening's end sitting at a table and both drinking like fish and smoking like chimneys.

He truly will be missed.

Jane

Mary,

Howie was talking about that visit today. Apparently Hitch both smoked and drank while he was in the studio for that interview.

So you made him do it!

Strawman Cometh

Hitch was on Hannity the night after Jerry Falwell died. Hannity was hectoring Hitch to say something nice about the recently departed, or to apologize for previous comments. Hitch, of course, was having none of it. As they went to break Hitch remarked: "If you gave him an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox."

Frau Trauer

Thanks for your link and your words, matt.

MaryD

Oh Jane, I don't think I can take credit. If memory serves, whatever he imbibed at Howie's show did not prevent him from doing a book signing in Cambridge that evening. I even thought about attending and introducing myself as his mother, but life got in the way. Wish it hadn't.

Jane

I have a question about the Fannie and Freddie actions by the SEC.

What is the government's role in deciding to bring the charges? And assuming this government always has an ulterior motive what is really going on?

henry

Jane, given the timing I wonder if they were W appointees or something along those lines.

PaulV

SEC bring civil charges. Don't wait for Holder's DOJ to do anything.

PaulV

brings

Porchlight

He was mu favorite commie.

Love that. Mine, too.

I wish I could have seen him debate that pr*ck Galloway. Man, that would have been something. He did debate Marvin Olasky about religion here in town, but that wasn't as compelling to me, because I'd have been on Olasky's side in that debate, and if I saw Hitchens debate I would have wanted to be fully in his corner.

Soylent Red

Man that guy could turn a phrase. I disagreed with him a lot, but he really could write.

Hitchens is one of those guys who you hope God makes an exception for. I'd like to share a drink and a chuckle with him in the afterlife.Presuming God makes an exception for me, of course.

Janet

Christopher Hitchens...he might have started as just an atheist, but he became an evangelist for an anti-Christian movement. He rightly supported the war against radical Islam...but he SHOULD have supported it. There is no great wisdom in that.
A big vocabulary & wit don't make up for being wrong.

narciso

True, Janet, but the fact is, it is so rare for those on the left to do so, his colleague
Martin Amis, is among the few who do, so when
he demolishes the argument, of a Galloway or this pretensious twit, one should give him kudos

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2011/12/16/christopher-hitchens-at-his-best/#respond

jorod

Cigarettes are a cheap form of stimulant and anti-depressant but must be used in moderation. I would never have finished college without them.

verner

I'm sorry to be late to the party, but this is the first day that I've felt like I could write without bursting into tears.

I had the privilege of knowing Christopher. We met at a book signing in Atlanta in 1999--also the first time I met the beloved Linda Anderson--yaya123 for all you veterans of freerepublic.com. We lost her to cancer in 2008 as well. When I told Christopher of her death, he sent me the kindest words of support. He always seemed to know just what to say.

When Linda was diagnosed with cancer, I told Christopher. Even though he was in Iraq at the time, he sent her the sweetest note. She told me that she felt like Lord Byron had sent her a get well card, and that even though she hadn't started radiation yet, she was already glowing.

He was that type of man-kind, sensitive and caring of the feelings of others.

We remained in touch over the years, and I had a chance to see him again a few times.

I adored him. And it's hard to imagine what the life of the mind is going to be like without him. There is simply no one who could ever take his place.

And to his critics, Go right ahead. Give it your best shot. He wouldn't have it any other way.

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