Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. Jeremy Paxman interviewed him a little over a year ago in Washington, D.C.

“I always thought, the day the newspapers came out and I wasn’t there to read them, that that would be a sad day for me.”

Hitch says he wished to see Osama bin Laden on trial — or dead — before he died. That did come to pass. And he knocked out quite a lot of prose, including a bestselling book on perhaps the deepest debated topic (religion). Not everyone accomplishes that before knocking off, themselves.

5:26: “[Cancer] is the proximate cause of my death. I’m both lucky and unlucky to know it in advance—to be able to take its measure.”

His house looks like it’s being taken apart. White walls, paintings on the floor, a stack of books. Was he ordering his affairs a year in advance of his death?

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