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Jun 22 2010


I'm normally a serial reader, one book at a time, but I'm into several different books at the moment, one of which is Christopher Hitchens'  new memoir Hitch 22.  I don't want this one to end. 

In the prologue, the 61-year-old Hitchens talks about premonitions of his death with liberal use of historical quotations, including one from Horace Mann. 

According to Mann, "Until you have done something for humanity you should be ashamed  to die."  To which Hitchens comments "Well, how is one to stand that test?"