Friday, December 16, 2011

Without a Hitch

I had a rather pleasant image of Hitchens walking through the pearly gates, scowling at the angels and shaking his head with disgust at a very long, smug queue of the bovine deist-departed waiting to have their first meeting with God; St Peter puts an arm around his shoulder and says, "Well, on the bright side", as he steers Hitchens to a celestial bar where the Scotch is good, cigarettes are lit with stars, and the conversation is about to get better.

2 comments:

Lars von Beer said...

Deist?

By the way, have you written previously about Hitchens's view that homosexuality is inherently funny?

Dr Saul Wheelock, aka "sw" said...

"deist", "deist-departed" - a sort of pun on "dearly departed", but, in this case, the Believers, the deists, who have arrived in Heaven.

Thank you for that link; interesting, debatable, and therefore worth discussing.

Hitchens was often in my thoughts today, and I mangled several, perhaps as many as three or four, Hitchens quotes during the day. One character who briefly appears in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy actually looks rather like him.