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British-American author Christopher Hitchens In his Washington, DC home.   Hitchens is a journalist,  literary critic and a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Nation, Slate and Free Inquiry.  He was recently  diagnosed with advanced cancer of the esophagus.  A gleeful provocateur, Hitchens is known for his atheism and anti-theism and is an outspoken believer in the enlightenment values of secularism and humanism.