By Jonny Segura for Bookish
Journalist, critic and eminent atheist Christopher Hitchens died today of pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer; he was 62. A longtime columnist for Vanity Fair magazine, where he was famously waterboarded, Hitchens had a long and distinguished career as a public intellectual who savored a debate as much as he loved his Scotch and cigarettes. He wrote about everything from Charles Dickens to Iran, and wasn't afraid of butchering a sacred cow or two—witness "The Missionary Position," his takedown of Mother Teresa. His literary oeuvre is lengthy, varied and provocative, the perfect record of the travels and passions of a singular man of letters with a voracious philosophical appetite.
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