December 16, 2011

High praise

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who once worked as an intern for Hitchens, said: "Christopher Hitchens was everything a great essayist should be: infuriating, brilliant, highly provocative and yet intensely serious.

"My job was to fact check his articles. Since he had a photographic memory and an encyclopaedic mind it was the easiest job I've ever done."
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His last editor confirms here.

1 Comments:

Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

I'm really very sad about it. I sought out his column on Slate every Monday morning, and every time he missed one (which was very rare) I thought that the end was near. The last one was on November 28, so I feared this was probably it.

His last piece in Vanity Fair, about disease and dying, was very moving.

December 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

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