So it was with shame and guilt that broadcast and print journalism devoted so much vastness of coverage to his demise. It was because they seemed small and insignificant compared to Hitchens, that they took the opportunity to flagellate themselves through his very apotheosis.
On June 4, 2010, Christopher Hitchens appeared on LIVE from the NYPL. This was three days before he became terribly ill. When asked "why write a memoir now?," he answered by saying, "You've got to do it in time."
Hitchens made rockstars seem small, as well as politicians or celebrities -- because his power wasn't something that was easily quantifiable or electable, he didn't have to pander to anyone for respect.
I have no doubt that Christopher Hitchens will have an afterlife. As one of the most original and provocative writers of his generation, his words will continue to mesmerize, incite, confound, and entertain.
What happens to an atheist when he dies? No one can answer that question with certainty. However, we can and should reflect on how this extraordinary author, intellectual and provocateur faced death before he died.