Hitchens as Orwell’s Successor

Tuesday, 17 July, 2012

“When looking back on the life of the late Christopher Hitchens, one sees that his persona is oddly like that of Oscar Wilde’s character Lord Henry Wotton from The Picture of Dorian Gray: loved by an assortment of people for assorted reasons, often when they cannot square with him on something else. Like Wotton, Hitchens was popular with individuals, not because they agreed with him, but because they disagreed with him. When faced with the cultivated erudition, wit, conviction, and eloquence such that ‘Hitch’ displayed, peacocking before a podium or a writer’s desk, one couldn’t help but fall like those in Dorian Gray who despised the hedonist Wotton, and yet couldn’t stay away from his conversation.” So writes Anthony Lock in “Prick the Bubbles, Pass the Mantle: Hitchens as Orwell’s Successor“, which appears in the July/August 2012 issue of The Humanist.

Rainy Day has made no secret of our “Hitch-love”, as Lock terms it. Our admiration is based on his dedication “to make political writing into an art,” which was George Orwell’s stated aim, and for his devotion to living a full life with courage, wit, grace and genius.

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