We’ll have a few more days of readers’ tributes to the life of Christopher Hitchens.
This one is from Dominik Miketa:
This photo was taken in the Lindsay Bar of Balliol College, Oxford, where Hitch spent his undergraduate years reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics. People at Balliol are so proud of the great man: you can see my friend Emily kissing Hitch’s picture on the wall. We intend to toast to Christopher when we go back to Balliol after the holidays and somehow I expect the bar will run out of Johnnie Walker on that night.
Here’s a drawing and some words from Henry McQuale:
For Hitch, who didn’t make me an atheist, but who made me a non-pusillanimous one.Thanks to him I realized that disbelief is not enough and that harshness is sometimes necessary, because there are far worse things than disrespect towards cherished beliefs: just as it is immoral not to urgently warn who is about to drink poison thinking it will quench his thirst (specially when the bottle is passed promising the freshest of waters), now I know that the pusillanimity of being quiet about the evils of religion is an act of unforgivable negligence towards mankind, for as Hitch brilliantly showed, there are few poisons deadlier than religion, and religion poisons everything.
Here’s my submission in honour of Hitch. I chose a few of my favourite photos of him, mounted them on cork (for obvious reasons), and hung them on my xmas tree. A cheeky nod to this great man. I’ve cried too much in the last couple of days to include myself in any photo, so I hope this will do.
And from Aja, who wanted to thank Hitch for his “mental illumination:
Hitchens always made observations that cast an issue in a new light. I would read his books and essays and it was like a light went on.
From reader Jacobus van Beverningk:
This is a picture I took in January 2007 at James Randi’s TAM5 (The Amazing Meeting #5), in Las Vegas. It’s as if he’s in debate with his own projected image. Fond memories!