If you haven't yet figured out that Christopher Hitchens is a walking disaster whose continued existence alone defies the laws of both God and science, you're obviously down at least two or three senses. You could rightly describe him as Falstaffian, if only Falstaff had been an insufferably miserable prick.
So with that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Hitchens has just been diagnosed with esophageal cancer -- which he'll now have to undergo chemotherapy to combat.
It also comes as no surprise that despite the insatiable gluttony for vices of every kind that likely landed him where he is right now, this is a goddamned tragedy. Why? Because pompous ass or not, Hitchens is one of the sharpest minds on the planet -- an unapologetic intellectual whose fearless contrarianism is as refreshing as it is infuriating.
Bottom line: It'd be a shame to lose him.
The world needs more people like Christopher Hitchens, not fewer.
Good luck, Hitch.