Christopher Hitchens, the social and political commentator, prolific author - and ravingly flamboyant atheist (one of the progenitors of the "new atheism" movement) - has died of esophageal cancer. His cancer weakened him to the point where pneumonia carried him off. He was 62. He now knows - too late - just how very, very wrong he was. Can't say RIP, alas. One of his survivors is his younger brother, Peter, who is 60. Peter went the other direction. He abandoned his atheism for biblical Christianity.