As you know, Christopher Hitchens took time off from his chemotherapy to attend the Atheist Alliance of America convention in Houston, Texas to receive the Richard Dawkins Award for promoting freethought and atheism. Here, hot off YouTube, are the three videos of Richard announcing the award and Hitchens’s response. Together they’re about 25 minutes long.
Hitch’s speech will move you; that I guarantee.
Hitchens answers audience questions:
And here’s a reader’s comment on a previous post about Hitchens, which I thought I’d put up here as a tribute:
I was in the audience when he received that award. Me and my SSA group were all in tears as he spoke – with his recognition of his ‘time’ approaching, of his wanting his children to know his tenderest life moments, and his immense humility, and the moments where he paused because he needed to cough and have a drink (but apologized as though he were inconveniencing us through his illness). I freely confess I haven’t cried so hard in a very long time… nor have I felt so sad for the death of another person outside of my family. I will miss Christopher Hitchens, and I feel like I knew him, even if he never knew me. We all know him. I am glad that I saw him at this convention, because I recognize that it might be the last.
UPDATE: New Statesman covered it too.