“Dante was a sectarian and a mystic but he was right to reserve one of the fieriest corners of his inferno for those who, in a time of moral crisis, try to stay neutral.”

I return to Christopher Hitchens’ ‘Letters to a Young Contrarian’ often. His was a truthful and scorching writing style, and his perspectives were vital stepping stones for my education in college and ever since. Hitchens died on this day in 2011.

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