Slog

Slog Music

Music, Nightlife,
and Drinks

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Christopher Hitchens In His Own Words

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

 

Comments (25) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
Cato the Younger Younger 1
My favorite person to love or hate...never anything in the middle with him
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on June 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Pithy Name 2
Still miss him and his cutting humor and pinpoint-accurate criticisms. More people like this please.
Posted by Pithy Name on June 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Pithy Name 3
And - all of that humor, and criticism coming from a fiece sense of justice and compassion. That's what makes him stand out.
Posted by Pithy Name on June 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Andrew_Taylor 4
I think Hitchens would have hated the soundtrack.
Posted by Andrew_Taylor on June 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Vince 5
I was glad to hear his disgust at infant genital mutilation. Among all the other brilliant things he says.
Posted by Vince on June 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM · Report this
6 Comment Pulled (Spam) Comment Policy
7
@6 You hit the nail on the head.
Posted by _db_ on June 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
TortoiseTurtle 8
#6 FTW
Posted by TortoiseTurtle http://slog.thestranger.com on June 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 9
laughing at authority is the beginning of emancipation, that's pretty good.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on June 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this
10
I hate to say this, but I'm glad he died. Because now I know of him, and, somehow, didn't before. I hope that his ideas and rationality about life and truth gain prominence and power as quickly as his ashes dissipate in the wind.
Posted by paulus22 on June 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this
11
Christopher Hitchens, in someone elses words.

http://www.mrdestructo.com/2011/12/burn-…

(Come on gang. I know times are tough, but we can't accept every atheist with an accent as some sort of vanguard).
Posted by Friends of Zev'evi on June 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
12
@2: " pinpoint-accurate criticisms. More people like this please."

Fuck no. He attacked a few religious sacred cows but he was a total neocon misogynist shithead of the highest order.
Posted by apparently nobody reads his works outside religion on June 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Knat 13
His is my favorite explanation of death.
Posted by Knat on June 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
schmacky 14
What @4 said. Also couldn't stomach the too-reverent slideshow of images at the end.

Otherwise, great.
Posted by schmacky on June 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
I'd pour a little Johnnie Walker out on the ground for him, but he'd just say that would be a pointless and stupid waste of good scotch whisky.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on June 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 16
Whoa. Since when is Johnnie Walker good whisky?
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on June 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
17
Johnnie Walker Red is crap, but the others (Blue, Black, Green) are actually good, even though they're blended. Blended whiskeys get a bad name because historically they were made by mixing whiskey with filler alcohol (which is what JW Red and Dewars are). However, the higher end JW stuff is actually just a mixture of several different good quality whiskeys with no filler. Therefore there's really only a philosophical difference of "artisanship" between a single malt and JW Blue. The reason there isn't more good blended whiskeys is that people falsely assume blended means inferior therefore dampening the market for them.
Posted by pb1230 on June 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 18
Hitchens drank JW pretty exclusively, I believe, that and red wine. Not sure if he drank JW black exclusively, although every interview I saw him give where the bottle was present it was always black.

In my own opinion, JW red is ok, but definitely not great. Black is good, blue is fantastic. I don't care for JW green although it's certainly better than red.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on June 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
kim in portland 19
I like the "walking johnnie" Green Label. I like the smoke and hint of sweetness and salt. Black Label is also a nice affordible blend. Then, I'm a big Islay fan and enjoy what Caol Ila and Lagavulin bring to the blend.

I don't think I could pour it out. So I'll make myself a pot of Lapsang Souchong with a healthy dram and do lunch.

Cheers, Mr. Hitchens! I was glad to walk the earth with you..
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on June 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 20
Probably not the most likable guy ever around, but I did enjoy his writing and hearing him speak. I miss him.
Posted by Bauhaus I on June 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 21
...and I stand with #4 and #14; he would have hated, I think, the music and portraiture.
Posted by Bauhaus I on June 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
saxfanatic 22
@19: I love the Islay malts too, most of all Laphroiag. When I gave a bottle to my father-in-law (a Scot) he was convinced that it was the key ingredient in Johnnie Walker Black (which I also enjoy).
Posted by saxfanatic on June 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
kim in portland 23
@22,

Sorry there is no Laphroaig in any Johnnie Walker blends. Laphroaig is brilliant a favorite of mine. Laphroaig is part of Fortune Brands.

Diageo owns Johnnie Walker and they use their single malts in its blends.

Black Label uses Talisker (Skye), Caol Ila (Islay), and Lagavulin (Islay) to achieve the smoky kick. It also contains
Glendullan and Mortlach (Speyside) malts. Plus, Cameron Brig (not Scotch, but a grain whisky) for its grassy and sweetness. I probably use too many brain and liver cells on pursuing the perfect dram.

Anyway, it is good to know that you're a fellow lover of the Islay Malts, Saxfanactic
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on June 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM · Report this
saxfanatic 24
Thanks for the lesson, Kim - much appreciated.

Another that I have enjoyed in the past was Oban. I introduced my lesbian sister to it and it became her favorite. I believe that it was partly because the name sounds vaguely gynecological.

Anyway, something happened in its marketing. The price shot way up and it's been years since I had bought a bottle (sigh).
Posted by saxfanatic on June 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
kim in portland 25
Diageo bought them. You can find its essence in JW Green.

The Islays are the only ones that I will ignore the price with. Same for certain bourbons and one Irish whiskey (a pure pot still). Oban and Talisker are rare purchases for me now.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on June 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM · Report this

Add a comment

Advertisement
 

Want great deals and a chance to win tickets to the best shows in Seattle? Join The Stranger Presents email list!


All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
1535 11th Ave (Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122
Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy