Polemicist is defined as a skilled debater in speech or writing. Christopher Hitchens was that and so much more.
Ever controversial and never afraid to go his own way, Hitchens, at various times, laid into people like Henry Kissinger, the British monarchy and Mother Teresa with his razor sharp tongue and pen, challenging both them and the way we, the rest of the world, viewed them.
He is now no more, having died of cancer. He was 62.
““In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist,” he wrote in one of his final pieces.
Goodbye, Christopher. We who remain will miss you.