By Tim Mak
Dec. 16, 2011
The blogosphere came together Friday to write eloquently about the death of Christopher Hitchens, reflecting upon and memorializing a man who many considered a tremendous orator, polemicist and friend.
His passing fostered a rare sense of unity among liberals and conservatives on the web.
“The world has one less interesting person. He did it his way,” writes progressive blogger John Cole at Balloon Juice.
Despite their lack of deep personal friendship, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol writes that Hitchens “was so outsized a presence, had so fertile a mind, was gifted with such a bold personality, and was altogether so much larger than life that I already feel his loss deeply.”
The lionization came mostly from the right, quite possibly because of Hitchens’ split with the left due to his support for the Iraq war. But on the other hand, conservatives did not see him as one of their own –admiring him as an “honest left” writer.
“Christopher Hitchens was mostly a man of the left — but the honest left. He hated hypocrisy and was willing to debate anyone, anywhere. He lived hard, some of his views were hard to take, but his wit and his writing were unparalleled… But go back to what he wrote and argued on Clinton, go back to what he wrote on Iraq, and on so many other issues and you will see a talent too rare in the public intellect today,” asserts Seth Leibsohn in a National Review post titled, ‘Our Best Writer.’
Nick Gillespie, writing at Reason, noted that there was no way to be in consistent agreement with the late writer.