Friday, December 16, 2011

Farewell, Hitch

I've never had heroes or idols, but Christopher Hitchens was one of the few people in the world I truly admired. Not merely on account of his muscular, persuasive support of the campaign to reunite the Parthenon Marbles in Athens, but for his glittering, coruscating turns of phrase, his resolute purpose, staggering erudition, willingness to change his mind as the facts changed, and his merciless demolition of the crapulous pygmy yes-men who populate even the highest stations of public office.

Oh to have encountered him at the bar...

1 comment:


I never met Christopher Hitchens but I have read his book on the restitution (or non-restitution) of the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles, The Parthenon Marbles, (1987) so often that I feel as if I had known him. What an intellect. There is no better way to understand the issues involved in the dispute concerning the marbles than to read Hitchens.

His writings gave many of us hope that even Britain may one day come to accept that stealing/looting or confiscating other people's cultural artefacts is wrong. Britain should be proud to have such an intellect.
Kwame Opoku.