Christopher Hitchens

1 July 2010 by David Brooks for the NY Times:

has cancer of the esophagus and will soon begin chemotherapy

new memoir: Hitch-22

a late bloomer who inhaled books

worldview formed by eg; Arthur Koestler, Wilfred Owen, George Orwell’s “Keep the Aspidistra Flying,”

came to the U.S.

closest friends:  British novelists — Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan

goes after:  Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger and the Catholic Church

open about his delight in sex, drink, friendship and wordplay

Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Rushdie “completely committed me,”

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