Friday, August 6, 2010

War Against Thanatos

Christopher Hitchens on his diagnosis of esophageal cancer:

In one way, I suppose, I have been "in denial" for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light. But for precisely that reason, I can't see myself smiting my brow with shock or hear myself whining about how it's all so unfair: I have been taunting the Reaper into taking a free scythe in my direction and have now succumbed to something so predictable and banal that it bores even me. Rage would be beside the point for the same reason. Instead, I am badly oppressed by a gnawing sense of waste.

Interview with Anderson Cooper here. Hours added together, I have spent many days of my life with Mr. Hitchens, reading his books and articles and watching his debates, and it's hard not to feel like his friend. This is terribly sad news. In solidarity, I offer this contribution to the word games detailed in Hitch-22: link.

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