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Christopher Hitchens Obits

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 16, 2011 at 2:15PM

Controversial author and essayist Christopher Hitchens, 62, has finally lost his battle with cancer, which he documented with brio, as was his wont.
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Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens

Controversial author and essayist Christopher Hitchens, 62, has finally lost his battle with cancer, which he documented with brio, as was his wont, writing: "I personally want to ‘do’ death in the active and not the passive, and to be there to look it in the eye and be doing something when it comes for me.”

As befits a well-known media pundit--who was always readable and challenging even when you didn't agree with him-- the eulogies and obits are flowing thick and fast.

Here's the NYT, Andrew SullivanThe Daily Beast. The Guardian and
a column from Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.