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Hitch

May 24, 2012

“ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ – the unexamined life is not worth living” is Socrates’s immortal adage.  A human life left unexamined and end with the shelled comfort for fear of the unknown is a life less interesting to live and un-regrettable to lose.

The life of Christopher Eric Hitchens aka Hitch, the late English-American writer, Essayist, Journalist, and everything is typical of the ‘Socratic ideal life’, a life well examined. Examined by what he did. Examined by what he accomplished. Examined by his fierce battles with friends and enemies.

Hitch

                  Hitchens by Michael Hogue

Hitch, lives a life well examined with appalling writing skill, with a mesmerizing oratory and with a dare rejection of any celestial and worldly tyranny.  He loves to read, to write, and to debate. Of course, whiskey accompanied him in his table, and a roll of tobacco feels comfortable in his left hand. His right hand is always on duty, a sacred duty —Writing.

He loves Orwell. Religion was his number one enemy. Even the gods feared him. He is one of the few who will be remembered in the posterity. Of the many of his precious gifts, here are six of them.

Arguably: Selected essays

Hitch-22, A Memoir

The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice

The Trial of Henry Kissinger

God is Not Great: How Religion poisons everything

The Portable Atheist: Essential readings

 

 

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