Checking in on Hitchens Twitter account (can be found here) I saw this alarming note from the editors of Slate –
Get well Hitchens, get well and give us more of your brilliance. To me you have redefined courage, intelligence, and even the ability to use the English language (any language actually). Get well and write more, get well and never write anything again, spend time with your family and read books. We should consider ourselves lucky to have lived in the same time of the great Hitchens.