Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
The Fading of the Hitch
"Concerning love, I had best be brief and say that when I read Bertrand Russell on this matter as an adolescent, and understood him to write with perfect gravity that a moment of such emotion was worth the whole of the rest of life, I devoutly hoped that this would be true in my own case. And so it has proved, and so to that extent I can regard the death I otherwise resent as laughable and impotent."
- Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty and War

You will have read that the inimitible – I might say, as I have said of Orwell, the indispensible – Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Here he is for nearly an hour on the Charlie Rose show – every minute of it worth watching.

Unspeakably sadly, he looks like he's aged 20 years in the last month. But his wit, his erudition, his deep and abiding moral sense, his hypertrophiedly muscular intellectualism, are all unimpaired and on display. Here he gives us the good stuff on illness and death, love and friendship, totalitarianism and resistance against it, politics and poetry and letters and life.

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God bless you, Mr Hitchens. And please get well – we need you.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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