Christopher Hitchens Creates a Reading List for Eight-Year-Old Girl

In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens traveled to the Texas Freethought Convention to accept the Richard Dawkins Award. While there, an eight-year-old girl, Mason Crumpacker of Dallas, asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list. And, according to the Houston Chronicle, it looks something like this:

A detailed account of the conversation by Mason Crumpacker’s mother can be found here.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for another set of recommendations, don’t miss this: Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read.



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  1. Luca says . . . | September 7, 2012 / 9:57 am

    Thank you for this. There are still so many occasions when I find myself wondering what Hitch would have written in response to this or that event … Just popped through to read Mason’s thank you letter to Hitch. Moving.

  2. Chris Irwin Davis says . . . | September 8, 2012 / 10:53 am

    FYI – We know this girl. She attends the same secular private school as our daughter. Her mother, (also seen in the video) runs the blog “Socratic Mama” http://socraticmama.com/

  3. asf says . . . | November 4, 2013 / 8:35 am

    what is “this world”?? how about contextualizing her (Hirsi Ali’s) life rather than collapsing the lives of millions of women of Muslim faith into one?

  4. Eric Hongisto says . . . | November 4, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Heavy list!

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