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  • British novelist Martin Amis (shown here in 2012) appeared with fellow novelists and old friends Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie in New York on Monday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews,File)

    Novelists Amis, McEwan and Rushdie remember 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.

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    KUHNER: The West's moral titan

    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.

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘Mortality’

    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.

  • Hundreds gather for Hitchens memorial

    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.

  • 3 books by Hitchens to be reissued in April

    Three of Christopher Hitchens' most contentious books are coming back into print, and debuting in digital form.

  • Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    FIELDS: Grave thoughts on Grim Reaper

    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.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    MANN: Tardy thanks for Christopher Hitchens

    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.

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  • Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    Cancer weakened but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind's eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

  • ** FILE ** Essayist Christopher Hitchens speaks during a debate on Iraq and the foreign policies of the United States and Britain, in this Sept. 14, 2005, file photo taken in New York. Vanity Fair reports Hitchens died on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Chad Rachman)

    Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    Christopher Hitchens, a D.C.-based author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes left and right, died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of his esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Vanity Fair magazine. He was 62.

  • Quotes on the death of pundit Christopher Hitchens

    Reactions to the death of author and pundit Christopher Hitchens:

  • Sales jump for books written by Hitchens

    Fans of Christopher Hitchens are doing more than mourning his death: They're buying his books.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Collecting what the contrarian said

    In the June issue of Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens writes about the newest assault by his esophageal cancer: "Most despond-inducing and alarming of all, so far, was the moment when my voice suddenly rose to a childish (or perhaps piglet-like) piping squeak.

  • Amazon releases Hitchens essay on bin Laden death

    An essay by Christopher Hitchens on the death of Osama bin Laden has been released as an e-book, exclusively through

  • In this image taken from video Sept. 7, 2010, author and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens speaks during an appearance in Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and he says his health won't be affected by people praying either for his healing or his death. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Atheist Hitchens skipping prayer day in his honor

    Monday has been informally proclaimed "Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day," in honor of author and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens, who has esophageal cancer, but he won't be bowing his head.

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