Yes, this is a sad week, two great writers and intellectual minds died this week. In the case of CH, at a relatively young age and it makes you realise how precious life is. It’s a great loss of a great thinker. I have his latest book of essays, Arguably, on my Kindle and dip in and out of reading the short sharp views on politicians and authors – always surprising and stimulating.
I have a well-thumbed version of his ‘God is Not Great’ on my bookshelf.
Numerous obituaries and reviews have of course already been published; today there is Henry Porter in the Observer, the NYT published one yesterday, but had to add a correction as the original had inadvertently claimed that he might have considered a dead bed conversion! Unlikely of course and very much against the grain of the man. I very much liked Ian McEwan’s piece for the Guardian on Friday night though; that same night McEwan gave an extended interview on the Channel 4 News.
And today’s announcement of the death of Vaclav Havel is marks another sad passing.
These were men I have always greatly admired.
- Ian McEwan on Hitchens’s last days (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Christopher Hitchens Leaves the Party (mraybould.wordpress.com)
- Former Czech President and Anti-Communist Icon Vaclav Havel Dies at 75 (foxnews.com)