Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

December 25, 2011

The best Hitchens obit

Filed under: obituary — louisproyect @ 6:25 am



  1. I think in life what you say and do matters.

    When a prominent figure dies, society seems to forget their deeds and opinions by softening and remembering the passing alone.

    This amounts to nothing but fakeness.

    If I didn’t care for a person when they were alive, I certainly wouldn’t show up at their funeral crying my eyes out.

    Hitchens was a flip flopping jerk which is my final conclusion of the man, in life and in death.

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — December 25, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  2. The pic for the post really does a good job of capturing the “look” that I’d come to associate with Hitchens (as opposed to that one picture you posted earlier, Louis): heavily reminiscent of Orson Welles’ Hank Quinlan in Touch of Evil.

    Comment by Todd — December 25, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  3. Roger Alam did a great impression of him as Lewis Prothero in V for Vendetta. Then again, they look amazingly alike.

    Comment by ceti — December 25, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  4. Hitchens’ last Vanity Fair column:

    Obituary by VF editor Graydon Carter:

    The interesting thing about Hitchens is to understand what drove him.

    Comment by manuelgarciajr — December 27, 2011 @ 9:06 am

  5. Agreed, this article sports the best photo of the late Hitchens, as the spitting image of the middle aged stoolies at the local neighborhood bar. All that vaporous backwash laden with whiskey and tobacco will certainly do the esophagus in. Skewered on his own petard.

    Comment by Matt — December 28, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

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