Thursday, June 30, 2011

On The Quotable Hitchens (The Weekend Australian)

Speaking in a recent interview, the author and journalist Christopher Hitchens said that he is always conscious of writing for posterity. By this he did not mean to imply a fixation on his posthumous reputation but an attachment to a principle: only by writing as if what one writes will be read when one is no longer around can one maintain intellectual integrity. Nevertheless, the question of posterity has rather come into focus of late, Hitchens having been diagnosed with stage four oesophageal cancer in the middle of a promotional tour for his superb memoir Hitch-22. Since, as he puts it, ‘there is no stage five’, it is natural to wonder how he will be read in the future. [More here.]

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