If you’re a regular here, you’ll surely remember the story of Mason Crumpacker, the eight-year-old Texas girl who asked Christopher Hitchens to advise her on good books to read. It was a touching story, complete with Mason’s heartfelt thank-you letter to Hitch and a narrative of the episode written by Anne Crumpacker, Mason’s mom.
Inspired by interest in the affair, Anne has just started a new website (some call it “blog”) hoping to turn her daughter’s meeting with Hitchens into something good that could influence more people. It’s SocraticMama.com, and here’s her description of it:
Recently I wrote an essay on how my daughter, Mason Crumpacker, met the author Christopher HItchens, who is battling stage four esophageal cancer. I think that the reason the post became so popular was that people were moved by Christopher Hitchens’s kindness to Mason and how he took care despite his illness to answer her questions seriously. Their story inspired me to create an interactive blog site—a place where ideas are judged on merit alone, where questions are explored, and where adults and kids can come together to puzzle about life’s wonders. I would like to dedicate the site in Mr. Hitchens’s honor.
SocraticMama.com is intended as an fun-loving open forum for secular parents and their children. However, you do not need to have a young child or teen still living at home to participate. We value the wisdom of grandparents and empty-nesters alike. Also, we would deeply appreciate any academics or professionals who would like to share about their research as well as graphic artists, filmmakers, and authors who can help make the site really shine. Feel free to showcase your work as long as it contributes to the discussion.
Socrates believed that the truth could be discovered by asking questions.
Are you willing to try?