The response was greater than I expected: we have about 40 tributes to Hitch, and they’re great. Rather than putting them all up at once, which I’m told could clog some people’s blog readers, I’ll do them five at a time over the next week or so. Often the words that accompany the photos are very moving. If you have a photo/drawing, send it to me ASAP—there’s still time.
The first is, appropriately, from Mason Crumpacker and her mother Anne. Mason, you’ll recall, was the girl whom Hitchens provided with a reading list at the atheist meetings in Houston, and here she’s holding one of the books Hitch recommended. (The messages provided by the readers, as with this one, will be indented.)
Our tribute photo: Hitchling locked and loaded:
Reader Bala created some images in memory of Hitchens; here’s one:
From Kurt Lewis Helf, an ecologist:
Attached is a photo of Atlas confronting the Church, which I took in Rockefeller Center, which I thought might be an appropriate symbolic essay on Hitchens’ important literary contributions for atheism. From Wikipedia on Atlas: “Atlas continues to be a commonly used icon in western culture, as a symbol of strength or stoic endurance…. Atlas is used as a metaphor for the people who produced the most in society, and therefore “hold up the world” in a metaphorical sense.”
And from Chuck O’Connor:
This is a photo that captures for me the legacy Hitch leaves me with. It is a snap-shot of my son at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum butterfly house. It embodies the honest sense of legacy Hitchens often spoke of in his relationship with his children and the best response of our natural world, learning about it. My son is the only connection I have to life after death and sharing with him the wonders of nature is the only worship I want to enjoy.