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Topic - Christopher Hitchens
Put Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan on a stage and expect a night of high art and schoolboy humor, of reading, writing and Christopher Hitchens. The three literary stars, all in their 60s and friends for more than half their lives, appeared together Monday night in New York.
Atheists think they're on the march, "like a mighty army," as a favorite hymn of the church describes the followers of the Christ, and this angers and dispirits many Christians — before, during and after Holy Week.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has sent shock waves throughout the Catholic world -- and rightly so. The Holy Father's eight-year reign was very successful. With his announcement that he will be stepping down at the end of February, the church must find a suitable successor. It will be difficult.
This must have been a very hard book to write. Of course, once Christopher Hitchens had been struck with advanced cancer of the esophagus, his very life became difficult. There was nothing he could do about that, but writing about it was a choice, and his hesitation about doing so speaks well about him as a human being. His reluctance shows fastidiousness and grace, qualities not even his most ardent fans might have associated with this slash-and-burn writer.
Music superstar Lady Gaga will share a peace prize in memory of John Lennon to honor her work campaigning for equality for gay, lesbian and transgender people.
A man of the left renowned for the piercing honesty of his thought and writings, particularly in his novels "Animal Farm" (1945) and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (1949), English novelist and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950) has earned the admiration of millions of readers across the political spectrum. One admirer, conservative champion Russell Kirk, went so far as to claim that no 20th-century novelist exerted a stronger influence upon political opinion in Britain and America than did Orwell.
Salman Rushdie is dismissing the latest threat against his life as just talk.
Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday, his nephew said.
If you put a piece of duct tape over Ross Douthat's name on the dust jacket, the content of "Bad Religion," subtitled "How We Became a Nation of Heretics," would surprise you as a far more cerebral and introspective work than could be expected from the "America-has-turned-its-back-on-God" genre.
No one smoked or drank on stage during the memorial for Christopher Hitchens, although one overhead picture featured a cigarette drooping from his mouth. And few of the speakers swore, unless quoting from their departed friend.
He's suave, he's svelte, he's funny, he wears a nice tuxedo and he knows when to sit. What better guest, then, for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner? He's Uggie — the canine star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist."
Three of Christopher Hitchens' most contentious books are coming back into print, and debuting in digital form.
The late, renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens was said to be a very likable guy. He was not so nice, however, when writing against those of us who believe the words of the Bible.
This has been a busy week for the Grim Reaper, slashing out at friend and foe, winning each battle fought against clay-footed humans who earned obituaries on the front page inspired by love or hate or both. Words often have a life of their own, particularly in matters of life and death. Cosmic coincidences in man's fate bring to our attention very different men merely because they died within days of each other.
It's hard to say anything about Christopher Hitchens that hasn't been said already, but it's even harder to say nothing. Hitchens died last week, a year-and-a-half after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He and I were not lifelong friends or family members, but I got to know him fairly well. We met nearly seven years ago, and it's safe to say that, during this time, Hitchens mattered more to me than I did to him.
The late Mr. Hitchens, a fine and friendly fellow when he stepped down from his soapbox, said religion, though not necessarily believers in religion, "should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt."
he would reach for the consolations of faith, and warned everyone that if anyone heard that he had had a deathbed conversion not to believe it.