Christopher Hitchens possesses a mind that makes you either love him or hate him. I do love his intelligence but his warmongering and embrace of the neo-conservative movement provoked me to also hate some of his thoughts. But love or hate he certainly is a force to be reckoned with. thinkingblue

Christopher Hitchens to Begin Cancer Treatment

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/christopher-hitchens-to-begin-cancer-treatment/

EXCERPT: (Reviewing the book Hitch-22, in The Times, Dwight Garner wrote of Mr. Hitchens, “He has a mind like a Swiss Army knife, ready to carve up or unbolt an opponent’s arguments with a flick of the wrist.”)

Yup that sounds like the ole' Neoconservative Hitchens... The man you hate to love... Sorry to hear of his health malady.

In my opinion…Except for his war-mongering notions… his other characteristics were of an honest nature! thinkingblue

Hitch-22 Buy it here.

At the front of his book (Hitch-22) he includes two excerpts from other writers:

W.H. Auden, “Death’s Echo”

The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews

Not to be born is the best for man

The second best is a formal order

The dance’s pattern, dance while you can.

Dance, dance, for the figure is easy

The tune is catching and will not stop

Dance till the stars come down with the rafters

Dance, dance, dance till you drop.

–W.H. Auden, “Death’s Echo”

Excerpt from Chapter I, "The Anaesthetic of Familiarity," of his 1998 book Unweaving the Rainbow (by Richard Dawkins)

To live at all is miracle enough.
-- Mervyn Peake,
The Glassblower (1950)

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.

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