The Trail Goes On (Goodbye Mr. Hitchens) December 21, 2011

The Trail Goes On (Goodbye Mr. Hitchens)



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  • Jason

    That is awesome.  Hello new wallpaper.

  • Aw that’s beautiful. I love it.

  • Tristan

    Wow, this is beautiful. Ride on, Hitch, ride on.

  • cipher

    Re: the comments in the other thread pertaining to the fundies fantasizing about Hitch’s fate in the afterlife, here’s another one for you:!

    These people are irredeemable garbage. You want to be “friendly” to them, Hemant? Good luck. I’m not interested in helping them to see reason; I just want them gone.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Much as I like this, I can hear a fundie theist saying “one down, three to go”.

  • Steve Radant

    I would like to lodge a complaint.  Whose idea was it to post this on a weekday morning?  If I raise the Salute of Great Respect now, I’ll have to go in to work with booze on my breath.  Unfair!

    This is a beautiful tribute.  I will save it, wipe a tear from my keyboard, and raise a (properly filled) glass to Hitch’s memory this evening.  Thank you for posting this!!

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    So what method do you prefer for the disposal of these people, carbon monoxide or Zyklon B?

  • cipher

    I prefer quarantine, myself – but I have a weak stomach.

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    It’s about time someone did the riderless horse tribute.

  • Bengie,

    I’m enjoying your webcomics!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Ponies! I love the shit out of ponies.

  • Tristan

    I don’t mean any offense by digressing from the main point if this picture… but Daniel Dennett looks comically stubby. Like hobbit Santa on a horse.

  • littlejohn

    Is this available in Day-Glo on black velvet? I sure Hitch himself would have minced no words about its tackiness.

  • I’m guessing that some people are going to be upset at me for this, but in the interest of countering the uncritical eulogizing going on at so many websites, there are several sides to Christopher Hitchens that were less than stellar.

    For those interested in a more critical look at the fallen author, go here and here.

    Before people go ballistic, keep in mind that Hitchens himself had no problem discussing the negative aspects of famous deceased people rather than uncritically eulogizing their deaths (and they rightfully should have been criticized, I might add).

  • greg

    Thanks Jeff!

  • greg

    I think his beard makes his head look disproportionally bigger. Thanks for the humorous critique.

  • Rich Wilson

    I agree in large parts with Katha Pollitt, and although I understand the artistic contrast of making that pony white, it strikes me as gushing.

    The part she’s leaving out (as mentioned by one of the comments) is his emphatic support for a woman’s right to control her own reproduction.  That was mixed with his view that a viable fetus had rights of its own that may conflict with the rights of its mother.  What I never heard him address is what, if anything, he disagreed with on Roe V. Wade.  It’s a question I would have liked to ask myself.

    I think he was a movie, he would have been a massive fail on the Bechdel test.

  • The Other Weirdo

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? I thought they were Immortals, not Atheists. 🙂

  • Littlebrownbird

    What is tacky about it?

  • Anonymous

    A bit off topic, but I feel like Dennet is a bit of a mismatch in the “four horsemen” analogy. I just feel like I never hear about him. The others all seem to be public faces while Dennet has contributed much with his views and writings , but doesn’t seem to be “out there” actively pushing the issue like the other 3.

  • Anonymous

    He certainly had some political opinions that I disagreed with. People see him largely as an atheist these days, but he had a long history of political commentary. He was a vehement supporter of the Iraq war for example and that turned into a complete mess. But I can see where he came from. One of his defining attributes was being anti-totalitarian. His anti-theism can be seen as an outgrowth of that too. So he saw Saddam as someone who needed to be removed at all costs, though I wished he had later considered that the cost may just have been too high

  • T-Rex

    Crucifixion of course.

  • Fufufu

    Why the hell is Dennet’s ass so fat? Otherwise awesome.

  • Fufufu

    Nvm that is the saddle.

  • Rich Wilson

    Like I wish someone had gotten past his support of the rights of the nearly born, I wish someone had gotten past his position on ‘it’s good to remove Saddam from power’ long enough to get his position on how you remove Saddam from power.  If he didn’t like the Rumsfeld plan, I would like to have known the Hitch plan.

  • oambitiousone

    Finally–a tribute that does not entail angel wings or a fluffy-clouded heaven! I like the spin on the Book of Revelations (for they do to provide REAL revelations, not spooky mystic ones).

  • Catherine Carr

    This made me cry. I’ve gotten a lump in my throat over Hitch a few times in the last week, but this simple image pushed me over the edge. Thank you for your great blog, Hemant.

  • Anonymous

    PZ Meyers!

  • True. Dennett is about 6’5”.

  • Now that is proper homage… and it’s lovely too. 

  • Anonymous

    As fan of Hitch, I have no problem criticizing him upon his death, beforehand, or whatever.  He gave good, so he should get good.

    That he is flawed like the rest of us does nothing to diminish the ways in which he excelled beyond just about all of us, and that is what we mourn.

  • Guest

    So many are drinking to Hitch. Me, I’m the Marlboro Man. Cool, debonnair.

    Y’all drink on to esophageal cancer.  Me I’m smoking to it.

  • Ndonnan

    is the white horse representing his spirit going over the horizon to his new life?

  • greg

    If that’s what you perceive…

  • I’m a bad bad atheist.  I only recognize Dawkins.

  • Robert Carass

    This picture managed to make me laugh and well up in sadness at the same time. Lovely, touching and humorous picture!

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