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Christopher Hitchens Diagnosed: Esophageal Cancer Cancels Book Tour

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Jun 30, 2010

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He has been a resident of Palo Alto in the summer for many years and frequently spoke at Stanford where he is a fellow at the Hoover Institute, we often saw him at the Palo Alto main library and around campus.

It is a tough diagnosis we wish him well.
In general, the prognosis of esophageal cancer is quite poor, because so many patients present with advanced disease: The overall five-year survival rate is less than 5%.

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Posted by NutHead
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

Thanks for mentioning that. I had read about his disease, but had no idea he had a local connection. Don't agree with all his views, but certainly wish him a speedy recovery and strength in a tough time.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

No prayers--not his cup of tea! But I wish him a speedy and full recovery.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm

It is interesting to see the reaction from journalists of faith who know him. Those on the left have very unkind things to say on huff post.
We felt his anti religious rhetoric went too far-- but it made him a great deal of money-- which was his point.

We hope he has an opportunity to speak again before he dies, maybe he could speak out against smoking-- like Yul Brynner did before he died of lung cancer --- doubtful though-- the last time we met him after a talk on campus he was chain smoking Rothmans-- but his talk was witty and provocative[portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff]--- his younger brother went in a completely different direction-- he is also an author and journalist-- but a devout Christian.

Lots of U Tube on Hitchens on the web-- his memorial

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Posted by Wish him well
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

There would be a lot more anti-religious rhetoric but religionists are merciless in their attacks on such expressions, or for that matter, on any open thought. So one has to pretend to respect people who believe in utter nonsense or risk being attacked.
The basic tenets of most religions is control of thought and speech. Cheers for Hitchens for speaking his truth bravely. Don't demean him by saying it was for money.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:01 am

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The vast majority of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists etc live very decent lives-- extremist fundamentalists are a tiny minority in all these faiths.
Hitchens was quite boastful about how much money his anti religious stance made for him-- in the end he worshiped mammon above all-- we never heard him support any charitable cause, only the war in Iraq and AfPak and that by words --- rather than by his blood or treasure.
Some of his happiest memories were his times with Hunter S. Thompson-- both are icons of the 60s and that dramatic yet hollow hedonism -- yet he had a strange hatred of Clinton who was at Oxford with him-- we could never quite understand why

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Posted by Wish him well
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

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