Journalist-Provocateur Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

 The fiercely opinionated writer/drinker Christopher Hitchens, 62, passed away on Thursday after a long battle with Cancer. Hitchens was an English author well-known for his scathing criticisms, and was a literary critic at the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and other publications. Often referred to as a polemical journalist, he was an anti-drug-war  advocate who supported the legalization of marijuana, a pro-life atheist, and an Anti-Zionist. 

The Guardian comprised a listof his best quotes. Here a few:

"The four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics." – the New Yorker, 2006

"[George W Bush] is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things." – Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC, 2000

"'Bombing Afghanistan back into the Stone Age' was quite a favourite headline for some wobbly liberals. The slogan does all the work. But an instant's thought shows that Afghanistan is being, if anything, bombed OUT of the Stone Age." – Daily Mirror, November 2001

"The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals." – God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, 2007

"I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn't ever have to rely on the press for my information." – Hitch-22, 2010

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AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at December 16, 2011, 3:20am

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