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Stephen Fry vs Christopher HitchensNov 07 2011

This Wednesday, FORA will host an online video conversation between Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens.

For over forty years Christopher Hitchens has written and spoken with passionate commitment on matters that others fear to broach. His life has been one of defiance, wit and humility. Now his life is threatened by cancer, but his devotion to the truth and his extraordinary courage are undiminished. In this special event for Intelligence^2, Hitchens will be in conversation via satellite in Washington D.C. with his friend Stephen Fry who will be onstage at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, in front of a sell-out audience of 2,500. Don't miss this chance to hear one of the great public intellectuals of our age discussing politics, literature and, as he puts it, "the things that make life worth defending - foes like faith and false consolation".

It's £5 for a live-stream and 30 days of unlimited on-demand viewing.

Update: Nuts, Hitchens has pneumonia, so Fry will be joined instead by Martin Amis and Richard Dawkins.

They will be examining their own and Christopher's ideas of what constitutes the good life and the good death -- seen against the backdrop of Christopher's career, the causes dear to his heart, the controversies that he has so enjoyed provoking and the things that make life worth defending.

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