Christopher Hitchens: 'Atheist Intellectual,' 'Noble Contrarian' : The Two-Way He was "the Cicero of the saloon bar" and a "polemicist who slashed all, freely, with wit," headline writers say. Hitchens died Thursday at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer.
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The life of often controversial writer and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens, who died Thursday after a long battle against cancer of the esophagus, as told in some of today's headlines:

— "Christopher Hitchens, Author and Contrarian, Dies at 62." (The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog)

— "Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62; Engaging, Enraging Author And Essayist." (Los Angeles Times)

— "Atheist Intellectual Christopher Hitchens Dead At 62." (Reuters)

— "Christopher Hitchens, 62; Writer's Ideas Enlivened Books, Magazines, Web." (Boston Globe)

— "RIP Christopher Hitchens, The Cicero Of The Saloon Bar." (The Telegraph)

— "Polemicist Who Slashed All, Freely, With Wit." (The New York Times)

Vanity Fair, where Hitchens was a contributing editor, has an extensive look at his life here.