PAXMAN AND THE HITCH

Hugely moving and dignified, the Jeremy Paxman Newsnight interview with Christopher Hitchens, aka The Hitch. I didn’t especially like his style, when I saw him on stage with Martin Amis once at Hay-on-Wye. But he spoke with such lucidity and courage, now bald from the chemo, about his cancer and his work, wanting to side with rational science, and look it all in the eye, it was tremendous. Redolent of the Dennis Potter interview. In fact higher science is not exactly rational, in the everyday sense, and the immune system itself a remarkable thing. So maybe that ‘God’ sense, or perhaps the sense of a fighting spirit or energy, can move mysteriously on his behalf. That’s not trying to co-opt him into anything, he wouldn’t like it, just wishing him many good things, and praising his courage.

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