|the pic is by Andre Carrilho|
Every speaker can gain from his lucidity and his application of occamite precision to his thoughts. Every essayist can learn from his attention to source, to citation and his invocation of sometimes unexpected supporting material. Every polemicist can learn from his willingness to be challenged
Well, you get the picture, I hope.
I was in London on 7/7 (as it has never really been called), in 2005, trying vainly to get to Kings Cross, and not knowing what had happened. As the picture began to emerge more clearly, and we knew that London had been under terrorist attack and that quite a large number of people had been killed, I thought first of Christopher Hitchens. Because war is when people you don't know are trying to kill you. I was thinking of his collected essays, "Love, Poverty and War", and that I had experienced love, and also poverty, but not war, until that day. A banal thought perhaps, but there you go.
I am so sorry that there will never be a new book, or an essay, or a new polemic from the Hitch. What then must we do?
The epithet in the title of this post was hurled at the Hitch by George Galloway.
There must be a good last line to follow that.