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JBSCanada
They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot!
11:41 PM on 01/12/2012
Such writing! A cross between Shakespeare and Robin Leach's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" always drawing you further in to a particular moment - where he wanted you all along so that you could see what he saw.

That his politics were almost diametrically opposed to my own and same goes for his religious views and who knows what other subjects we would have disagreed on - I couldn't have cared less!

He was right about people who are great personalities and also happen to be female. My own view on this; people are either great - or just haven't gotten around to it yet. Life can keep one busy you know. Greatness sometimes must wait for an appropriate time.

Hitchens, Thatcher, Reagan, Gandhi, Churchill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and others, in spite of, or maybe on account of, previous incredible personal hardships found their greatness much earlier than most.

Politics aside, our civilization has been much enriched by them. And that's the whole point, everything else is commentary.

Danielle, maybe you could post a monthly Hitchens article. He wrote on many subjects, some could be similar to the events we will see in 2012 and the years ahead. Thanks for this piece.
10:51 PM on 01/12/2012
Couldn't get to the end. He wandered, he padded, and I'm not sure he really had anything to say.
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10:17 AM on 01/13/2012
He did. Plenty. Re-read and look up ever literary or historical reference. It will certainly illuminate the content.
07:23 AM on 01/14/2012
No, I didn't miss literary and historical references. I'm pretty well read, and in my judgement it was simply a piece of bad writing, laboured and annoying. As for content, he began in an attempt to explain his attraction to that horrid English woman, but after many paragraphs of empty digression still hadn't got around to fulfilling his promise. I've enjoyed much of his other writing.
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mataylor16
You all want it one way. But, its the other way. -
10:50 PM on 01/12/2012
"Hillary Clinton began life as a "Goldwater Girl," distributing those cute little AuH2O stickers around her bourgeois neighborhood in Illinois and generally being the perfect white-toothed, hair-banded little brat of the 1964 GOP rally. I can't help feeling that she'd have been better off staying right there, and would probably have made a happier marriage and met a nicer class of people."

Who could have delivered this any better than the master himself? One in a million, you are missed.
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CanadaStan
Cogito ergo spud, I think, therefore I yam
10:40 PM on 01/12/2012
I met John O'Sullivan on a political cruise, he had been an advisor to her .
Sitting in the bar one night we were discussing politics and such and someone asked John to tell them something about Maggie that most people wouldn't know or would find surprising.
He said the same as Hitch, she was a very sexy woman.
It wasn't something you could put your finger on but she was very sexually attractive.

That surprised the hell out of me.
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ShootsFromFar89
Homines pauci nobiles
10:20 PM on 01/12/2012
Hitchens was a polemic with the instincts of a dancer. This essay made my day.
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hipocampelofantocame
retired pediatrician
10:02 PM on 01/12/2012
No one else can quite turn a phrase like Christopher Hitchens. Thank god for his books.
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CanadaStan
Cogito ergo spud, I think, therefore I yam
10:40 PM on 01/12/2012
Thank who?
01:21 AM on 01/13/2012
perfect reply lol
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hipocampelofantocame
retired pediatrician
08:09 PM on 01/13/2012
Stan, please note the small "g", but the capital "h" in Hitchens.
However, I enjoyed your comment. hipo
09:55 PM on 01/12/2012
Mustn't speak ill of dead warriors for empire.

I think I get it now.
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sorrytobeakansan
Radical Moderate
09:35 PM on 01/12/2012
Is it humanly possible to read the first sentence of any of his work and not finish it on first glance or reading? I have lost many an hour of sleep. Happily. His loss is deeply painful to the true art of the written word. Even when one is diametrically opposed.

Damn I miss him.
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Mac Howard
Thank god we got convicts, you got the puritans
09:30 PM on 01/12/2012
Christopher talks the good talk but I prefer the explanation as to why Thatcher dominated Tory MPs as she did that they regressed to their public (private) schooldays personas when they were told precisely when to eat their porridge and do their pooh-poohs by a disciplinarian nanny ;)
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americancolonyinhell
09:17 PM on 01/12/2012
Never liked him when he appeared on the screen. History won't look kindly on defending a war that cost over 100,000 Iraqi lives and being a propagandist for atheism.
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Stalling
Holy Money
11:00 PM on 01/12/2012
History will wash its hands of the thing atheism seeks to cleanse.
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americancolonyinhell
12:09 AM on 01/13/2012
Don't bet on it.
11:00 PM on 01/12/2012
Using reason and logic isn't the same thing as using "propaganda."
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americancolonyinhell
12:08 AM on 01/13/2012
That's empty reasoning.
09:06 PM on 01/12/2012
Thank you for making this available. We lost so much when Hitchens died...tears me up.

God, who will replace him?
11:01 PM on 01/12/2012
Chris Hedges, who always did him one better in the first place - he was never an apologist for the war in Iraq.
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Nate35
01:57 AM on 01/13/2012
Hedges' writing never approaches Hitchens at his best, and I don't think I need I need to note the charisma gap. Whatever Hedges is, he's not a Hitchens replacement.
02:02 AM on 01/13/2012
Ya, I never agreed with Hitchens on Iraq because I never thought his excellent goals were achievable...and they weren't...but I agreed with his rationale and the moral position behind it.

I am more pragmatic and Hitchens was more idealistic.
Sergeant
Dress Right
08:53 PM on 01/12/2012
Great! How amusing and insightful. I love reading a real socialist with a sense of humor and willingness to embrace the humanity of everyone.
08:51 PM on 01/12/2012
Oh, so the GOP is trying to pretend that Thatcher was a right winger in the Tea Party way?

Nice try, she supported the National Health Service in Britain, her family owned a small business and she was anti monopoly etc...

Do they actually think that people don't remember her and so they can say anything?
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Joshy X
observer in Weimar Amerika
09:05 PM on 01/12/2012
Thatcher and Reagan are the heroes of the Right... the opposite of the weird mob in the White House now
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mataylor16
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10:52 PM on 01/12/2012
Strange, as they'll probably go down as the Adam and Eve of the demise of the West.
09:52 PM on 01/12/2012
Yeah and Reagan raised the national debt, granted amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants, and most shockingly of all didn't think all Democrats should be sent to camps. Ronald Reagan would be seen as a soft moderate in the John Huntsman role in today's GOP. The definition of conservative has drifted a little to the right over the years.
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signgrrl
design & production
11:57 AM on 01/13/2012
a little ???
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Woodsie
nulli dei, nulli domini
08:49 PM on 01/12/2012
Somewhere between incredulous and laughing while reading it. Mrs. T, Hitch?? REALLY!
08:39 PM on 01/12/2012
Thanks for sharing this. I miss having Hitchens around...the greatest essayist in the English language in generations We won't see his like again.