Around the Web: Remembering Christopher Hitchens

BY Quinn Bowman  December 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM EDT

Christopher Hitchens
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Christopher Hitchens — a critic, author, journalist and habitual slayer of sacred cows — died Thursday at the age of 62 from cancer. Hitchens’ polarizing presence in public debate has spurred a cascade of tributes around the web.

We selected some of the profiles, tributes to and pieces written by the prolific and controversial writer: