Hitchens has passed. Of the mountain of obits, memories, polemics and inanities I have read about him today, the most affecting is this, by his often-estranged brother Peter. He provides a Belloc quote which I hadn’t encountered before. As Hitch - the younger - rightly says of these words, they are ‘good and largely true’.
From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.