As most of us know, Christopher Hitchens has, as he poetically put it, abruptly become a finalist in the race of life.
I need not eulogise, for that would be disingenuous and he wouldn't appreciate it. Nor will I wax lyrical about the effect that he has had on me personally.
Whatever people may think about him personally, it would be hard to fault his integrity.
As is evident by his latest Vanity Fair article, the prognosis is grim.
I would like to propose that those of us who have been touched by what he has done for logic, reason, atheism, ideas, the progression of robust debate, thought and writing; give something back to him.
My initial thought is that perhaps those who want to, put key to notepad and jot down a few thoughts vis a vis the impact/effect he has had on us or on people we know or our community.
The idea is to collect that, have it printed and bound (with a photoshopped picture of him presiding over the funeral of the evil Ratzinger on the cover) along with a 20yr old bottle of scotch and have it sent off to him.
Of course it is a raw idea and may need some work, but I am interested in the communities thoughts as to the suitability and interest in such a plan.
Over to you...