Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hitchens' voice

Yesterday I tweeted a Vanity Fair article in which Christopher Hitchens talks about the devastating effect cancer is having on his ability to speak. I will say this much: whatever happens to his vocal cords, Hitchens' voice will not fall silent until the extinction of the universe. Perhaps in a hundred years, his voice will cease to be distinguishable from that of Lucretius, Voltaire, and others, having merged into that millennium-long rolling thunder that makes the ignorant and vicious clap their hands over their ears in terror—but fade into silence? Never.

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