Polemicist, public intellectual and iconoclast, Christopher Hitchens passed away on Thursday at 62. This outspoken contrarian attacked both Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa, and was an outspoken atheist and a man with a background on the left who supported the war in Iraq. Since he fit no mold, no one could agree with all of Hitchens’ positions. One must acknowledge, though, his brilliance as a debater, writer and scholar, and his astounding erudition regarding literature, philosophy, politics and history. In the following two-part BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman on November 29, 2010, Hitchens speaks courageously about his cancer and impending death and assesses his career:
For more on Christopher Hitchens, read the New York Times obituary and a moving tribute, "Christopher Hitchens, Consummate Writer, Brilliant Friend," by writer Ian McEwan.