I don’t think I’ve ever seen Carol Blue, Christopher Hitchens’s wife, speaking about her husband, but she interviewed Charlie Rose on Friday’s “CBS This Morning” about Hitchens’s life and death. I can’t embed the 5.5-minute video, but you can see it here. There’s also a brief clip of Rose’s interview with Hitchens in August 2010, shortly after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
This is sad but also heartening:
Of his final hours, Blue maintains that he knew he was very sick but expected to leave the hospital after “a couple of days.” During his last days, he held court at the hospital, receiving visitors and leading spirited debates about “various subjects,” but Blue firmly told Rose that “God never came up, if anyone is interested … it was a non-subject.”
Hitchens made much of his disbelief in God, refuting critiques from those who said he would “find God” in his final months.
Hitchens would certainly have objected to the banner running across the video, which says “Remembering Chris Hitchens.” I can hear his booming corrective, “Christopher!”
You can see the entire 1.75 hour Hitchens memorial at Cooper Union, featuring many speakers (short talks!) like Blue, Lawrence Krauss, Tom Stoppard, Salman Rushdie, and Sean Penn, at this link.