Christopher Hitchens passed away today at 62.
He was one of my intellectual heroes even though I disagreed with a lot of what he said. His wit was incredible and the ferocity with which he set out to blow up the long-held dogma of others was always astounding. When you read something Chris wrote you got that tingly feeling that something was about to happen….and sometimes it didn’t but at worst, you’d read something that made you think.
I flatter myself by saying that my own writing style owes a lot to his. At least I hope it does.
So goodbye Chris, we’ll miss you.
Check out the links below…
In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011. (Vanity Fair)
Chris’s friend Christopher Buckley’s eulogy. (New Yorker)
Free Radical: Chris gives an amazing interview on how to be a contrarian. (Reason)
A great collection of Chris’s essays and columns. (The Browser)
A great video tribute to Chris featuring some of his best moments in the media. (Mixtape)
Just added: Christopher Hitchens and Financial Blogging (Interloper)