We Lost Hitch. That Is All

I don’t have a pre-prepared blog-post for this day.

I don’t have a personal recollection, beyond attending the Amazing Meeting Three and being in the front few rows to hear him present.

I have a friend who went to him in tears of gratitude, after hearing him at a later Amazing Meeting, and he was very kind to her and understanding as to why his talk reduced her to such a state.

I have written previously on how I disagreed with his essay on women in comedy and after reading his autobiography, I know a little more about the circumstances behind his work. I have his book of collected essays, in my car – one of the things I take with me when I know I’m going to be stuck standing in a queue and need something to pass the time that’s more intellectually stimulating than playing Angry Birds on my phone. I can dip into any one of the chapters and find myself challenged, enthralled and hopeful due to his words.

The news came to me via email, as I knelt on the shores of the Swan River here in Perth, taking photographs of swans for a friend’s forthcoming book on science. I was at peace and feeling as if the worries that have plagued me on and off for some time were lifted. It was sunny and the light was beautiful; I hope the photographs I took reflect some of that serenity I was feeling.

I read the email on my phone, as I returned to my car. The world is both a lighter and heavier place again.

We lost Hitchens. That is all.

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • http://autistwriter.wordpress.com/ tielserrath

    No, no, no.

    Can’t think of anything else to say.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Sic transit gloria mundi.

  • Jim Randolph

    A great loss indeed. Thanks.

  • Paddy

    This loss hurts; quite astonishing how much, given I never met him.

    Our movement is strong, thanks in large part to Hitch, and growing stronger. I’m glad it is, I need you guys around, because this one really hurts.

    To Hitch.


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