In Con­fi­dence: Christo­pher Hitchens

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Tues­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio I’ve writ­ten about In Con­fi­dence be­fore, so let’s by­pass the short­com­ings of in­ter­viewer Lau­rie Tay­lor and di­rec­tor John Hay­wardWar­bur­ton, and fo­cus in­stead on the rather bril­liant sub­ject. Christo­pher Hitchens, who died from com­pli­ca­tions of oe­sophageal can­cer in De­cem­ber last year, was a free­think­ing rad­i­cal, a fa­mously anti-reli­gious con­trar­ian and a provoca­tive po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst. A re­spected pub­lic in­tel­lec­tual, Hitchens was the au­thor of 12 books and five col­lec­tions of es­says. A sixth, Mor­tal­ity, was re­leased just this month. ‘‘ My own opin­ion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it de­fended against any con­sen­sus, any ma­jor­ity, any­where, any place, any­time. And any­one who dis­agrees with this can pick a num­ber, get in line and kiss my ass,’’ he once said.

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