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  1. A new book suggesting that the author of God is not Great was halfway to Christianity follows a long tradition of appropriation As fans of David Bowie , Prince and Lemmy can attest, death is not the end in contemporary culture. Those who achieve true fame are waved through the pearly gates of marketing heaven, immortalised as a product, a brand – and, on occasion, a spectral arbiter in the ...

  2. Excitable reports on social media spread like wildfire this week. One of the world's most famous and strident non-believers may have had a deathbed conversion. It seemed incredible.

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    The New StatesmanMay 26 05:53 AM

    The suggestion that atheist writer Christopher Hitchens converted on his deathbed was inevitable. When the evangelical Christian Larry Taunton appeared on Newsnight last week to discuss his new book, he suggested that “the Hitch” was “contemplating conversion” in his final days.

  4. Atheist author and biologist Richard Dawkins has slammed what he called an "insult" regarding the rumor that late atheist Christopher Hitchens contemplated converting to Christianity before his death.

  5. It was recently reported that Christopher Hitchens, the famous atheist apologist and author, "was contemplating conversion" around the time of his death in 2011. If one is familiar with the vehemence that Hitchens often derided Christianity, this is quite a surprise.

  6. You’re Killing Me With Your Picnics

    New York MagazineMay 26 02:02 PM

    A weeklong series on the art of entertaining, for women who are too busy for Pinterest. "The four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics,” Christopher Hitchens once wrote. He was dead wrong about the first three things,* but in the decade since he wrote ... More »

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    The New StatesmanMay 25 07:38 AM

    A first look at this week's issue.

  8. Richard Russo's new novel digs into the complexities of class and race in small-town America—and a path forward

  9. Famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that his 2006 best-seller "The God Delusion," an extremely popular book in the secular movement, was a "one-off," and he won't be writing anti-religious books anymore.

  10. School children should be made to learn poems and prose by rote, to “enrich their relationship with language”, Sir Salman Rushdie has claimed. The renowned author said it was a “real loss” that children were no longer made to memorise famous poems, and revealed that he could recite the whole of Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and The Carpente r.

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