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Writer Christopher Hitchens

16 December 2011          07:27 ET

British-born author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62.

He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he had, at a Texas hospital.

Vanity Fair magazine, which announced his death, said there would “never be another like Christopher”.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia.

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described the writer as someone “of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar”.

“Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Hitchens was born in Portsmouth in 1949 and graduated from Oxford in 1970.

He began his career as a journalist in Britain in the 1970s and later moved to New York, becoming contributing editor to Vanity Fair in November 1992.

“Prospect of death makes me sober, objective”

‘Cynical contrarian’

He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2010, and documented his declining health in his Vanity Fair column.

In an August 2010 essay for the magazine he wrote: “I love the imagery of struggle.

“I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”

Speaking on the BBC’s Newsnight programme, in November that year, he reflected on a life that he knew would be cut short: “It does concentrate the mind, of course, to realise that your life is more rationed than you thought it was.”

Radicalised by the 1960s, Hitchens was often arrested at political rallies and was kicked out of the Labour Party over his opposition to the Vietnam War.

He could throw words up into the sky, they fell down in a marvellous pattern”

Denis McShane  MP

He became a correspondent for the Socialist Workers Party’s International Socialism magazine.

In later life he moved away from the left. Following the September 11 attacks he argued with Noam Chomsky and others who suggested that US foreign policy had helped cause the tragedy.

He supported the Iraq War and backed George W Bush for re-election in 2004.

It led to him being accused of betrayal: one former friend called him “a lying, opportunistic, cynical contrarian”, another “a drink-sodden ex-Trotskyist popinjay”.

But he could dish out scathing critiques himself. Bill Clinton he called “a cynical, self-seeking ambitious thug”, Henry Kissinger a war criminal and Mother Teresa a fraudulent fanatic.

‘A great voice’

He also famously fell out with his brother, the Mail On Sunday journalist Peter Hitchens, though the pair were later reconciled.

Hitchens could be a loyal friend. He stood by the author Salman Rushdie during the furore that followed the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.

Writing on Twitter after the announcement of Hitchens’ death, Mr Rushdie said: “Goodbye, my beloved friend. A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops.”

The MP Denis McShane was a student at Oxford with Hitchens.

Christopher Hitchens was everything a great essayist should be: infuriating, brilliant, highly provocative and yet intensely serious”

Nick Clegg  Deputy Prime Minister

He said: “Christopher just swam against every tide. He was a supporter of the Polish and Czech resistance of the 1970s, he supported Mrs Thatcher because he thought getting rid of the Argentinian fascist junta was a good idea.

“He was a cross between Voltaire and Orwell. He loved words.

“He could throw words up into the sky, they fell down in a marvellous pattern.”

Prolific writer

The publication of his 2007 book God Is Not Great made him a major celebrity in his adopted homeland of the United States, and he happily took on the role of the country’s best-known atheist.

He maintained his devout atheism after being diagnosed with cancer, telling one interviewer: “No evidence or argument has yet been presented which would change my mind. But I like surprises.”

The author and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins described him as the “finest orator of our time” and a “valiant fighter against all tyrants including God”.

He said Hitchens had been a “wonderful mentor in a way”.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who once worked as an intern for Hitchens, said: “Christopher Hitchens was everything a great essayist should be: infuriating, brilliant, highly provocative and yet intensely serious.

“He will be massively missed by everyone who values strong opinions and great writing.”

Hitchens wrote for numerous publications including The Times Literary Supplement, the Daily Express, the London Evening Standard, Newsday and The Atlantic.

He was the author of 17 books, including The Trial of Henry Kissinger, How Religion Poisons Everything and a memoir, Hitch-22.

A collection of his essays, Arguably, was released this year.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16212418

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Christopher Hitchens was born on April 13th, 1949 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens

April 13th, 1949

April 13th

4 + 13 +2+0+1+1 = 21 = his personal year (from April 13th, 2011 to April 12th, 2012) = Perspective.   Viewpoint.  Seeing the big picture.  Connecting the dots.

21 year + 12 (December) = 33 = his personal month (from December 13th, 2011 to January 12th, 2012) = Not backing down.  Not caving in.

33 month + 15 (15th of the month on Thursday December 15th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Remembrance.

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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Christopher Eric Hitchens

CEH

3 8

his primary challenge = CH = 38 = Cancer.

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June 30, 2010

British-born author Christopher Hitchens on Wednesday cut short a book tour to undergo chemotherapy, which several media outlets reported was because the heavy smoker has been diagnosed with cancer.”I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens, 61, said in a statement released through his publishers Twelve.

A representative for the publisher offered no details beyond the statement.

Hitchens, known to be a heavy smoker, launched a book tour last month to promote his memoir “Hitch 22” which tackles subjects ranging from the Middle East and Zimbabwe to his friendships with prominent writers including Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis.

As a journalist, critic and war correspondent, Hitchens has carved out a reputation for barbed repartee, scathing critiques of public figures and a fierce intelligence.

In his 2008 book “God Is Not Great”, Hitchens put himself on a collision course with major religions with his trenchant atheist views.

Hitchens was born in Britain, lives in Washington D.C., and retained his British citizenship when he also became an American citizen in 2007.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=11059198

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Christopher Hitchens

3                 8

his primary challenge = CH = 38 = Cancer.

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Christopher Hitchens

    9    6  5     9    5                  34

his soul number = 34 = Smoker.  Cigarettes.

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