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Simon Schama on How His Friend Christopher Hitchens Said Goodbye

RIP : Christopher Hitchens : 1949 : 2011

“Christopher Hitchens confronted death with the same furious bravura that he deployed against purveyors of unreasoned pieties…. It was typical that his last essay for Vanity Fair was less a chronicle of his pain than an attack on Nietzsche’s assertion that “whatever does not kill you makes you stronger.” There was much in what he had endured lately, he insisted, that proved Nietzsche’s aphorism demonstrably false…” (via The Daily Beast).

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R.I.P. Vaclav Havel

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - DECEMBER 18:  A portr...

Dissident Playwright Who Led Czechoslovakia Dead at 75: A shy yet resilient, unfailingly polite but dogged man who articulated the power of the powerless, Mr. Havel spent five years in and out of Communist prisons, lived for two decades under close secret-police surveillance and endured the suppression of his plays and essays. He served 14 years as president, wrote 19 plays, inspired a film and a rap song and remained one of his generation’s most seductively nonconformist writers. (via NYTimes.com)