Friday, December 16, 2011
Christopher Hitchens is dead
Many of my science blogger / skeptical community friends seem to be sorry that he's gone. If so, I feel for their loss. But I can't forget that, while he was undoubtably one of the greatest critical minds of the last third of a century, brilliant, illuminating to read, and that I usually agreed with him, he was also a drunken lout, a sexist bully, and, as a late convert to neocon-ism, one of the people most responsible for spreading the exceptionally bigoted trope of "Islamo-fascism." To me, Hitchens was always a great mind that disappointed.