I’ve just heard the sad news that Hitchens has lost his battle with cancer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work he was one of those rare breed who switched from the left to the right as he got older. As Churchill said,

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative when you’re 40, you have no head.”

Hitch was a big influence on my writing and my critical thinking. And my drinking. He will be sorely missed.

So here’s a smattering of a few nice ‘Hitch-Slaps’ as they’re called for posterity.