Hello my dears,
Have you been following journalist and critic Christopher Hitchens’ courageous stories about living with stage four cancer?
Hitchens’ illness was discovered when he collapsed at the beginning of a national tour earlier this year to promote his autobiography, “Hitch 22”. Since then, he has written with humor, intelligence and unflinching honesty about life in what he calls “Tumortown” in a remarkable
How serious is his condition? Well, as he likes to point out, there are no stage five cancers.
Again and again during his illness, he has returned to the consolations of great literature. In a Guardian interview over the weekend, Hitchens says that when he conceives his life’s work–all the journalism and debates and polemics–he thinks of it as a defense of civilization by which he means, first of all, literature.
(Photo, above, from Vanity Fair.)