On November 9th, Stephen Fry and friends came together in London to celebrate Christopher Hitchens’ life, loves and hates — all while Hitch watched from his hospital bed. Staged in London by Intelligence², the event brought together Richard Dawkins, Christopher Buckley, Salman Rushdie, Lewis Lapham, Martin Amis, poet James Fenton and actor Sean Penn, with some paying tribute in person, others via satellite.
Originally, the sell-out audience of 2,500 expected to see Hitchens and Fry talking together about politics, literature, and ‘the things that make life worth defending — foes like faith and false consolation.’ But at the last moment, Hitchens, already suffering from esophageal cancer, fell ill with pneumonia and plans changed. Now, instead of being an interlocutor, Fry became master of ceremonies, coordinating what oddly felt like a eulogy before the fact.
The program runs 45 minutes, and you can watch it for free. Also don’t miss a previous Intelligence Squared Debate where Fry and Hitchens take positions on the Catholic church and whether it’s a force for good.