Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Both died on almost the same day. (Hitchens December 15, Kim December 17).
Both were atheists.
Both admired Marx and Lenin.
Both were mean and selfish. Kim unfortunately had more opportunity to express it.
Both drank heavily.
Both were fat.
Both were heavy smokers, however Kim quit 12 years ago, perhaps because of that living to be 70 instead of Hitchens' 62. Hitchens apparently had less self control.
Another difference: Kim is scheduled to have big funeral next week. Hitchens, for all I know, has already landed in a dumpster behind the hospital.
(Update: Hitchins' body was donated at his request to medical research. Presumably, that would mean that medical students at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, where he died, will use his body to practice dissections. Afterwards, what remains will presumably be cremated and the ashes delivered to his widow. I find it however a little odd that this statement was made by Hitchens' literary agent, after being asked, rather than an announcement being made by his family and only nine days after his death, rather than at the time of death. Did his family simply abandon the body and tell the hospital to get rid of it? I don't know. For example, when the famous Anglo-American atheist Francis Crick died in 2004, he was cremated and a memorial service was held within a week.)
Posted by jewish philosopher at 6:30 PM