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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christopher Hitchens

Mr. Hitchens has passed.

He had the unfortunate fate to become an instantiation of the stereotype "Young Radical Who Sees The Light and Becomes Conservative" which seems to be rather important to Right Wing types. It is sort of a St. Paul on the road to Damascus conversion experience symbol, and they get a right thrill from it every time they see the miracle play being put on.

Gandhi became a symbol and became more than what he had been. Some do not. It is an interesting phenomenon.


Baysage said...

Somehow "road to Damascus" and Christopher Hitchens in the same paragraph doesn't seem to go.

He was a man of impressive literacy. I will say that for him.

Montag said...

He always reminded me of Oscar Levant, but lacking Oscar's endearing ability to laugh at himself: "There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line."