“In one way, I suppose, I have been ‘in denial’ for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light. But for precisely that reason, I can’t see myself smiting my brow with shock or hear myself whining about how it’s all so unfair: I have Read More
Let’s face it: The O’Toole Building may be a unique landmark—but many locals agree that the soon-to-be-demolished West Village hospital adjunct is not all that attractive, either from afar or within.
“I’m not going to miss that building—the maintenance is so bad,” said Maki Yoshi, the owner of the nearby Miyagi Japanese Restaurant, who Read More
On May 9, when celebrities and reporters come stumbling out of the Hilton Washington following this year’s hotly anticipated White House Correspondents Dinner, there’s one party they can scratch off the list: Christopher Hitchens’ house party.
Mr. Hitchens, who has played host for Vanity Fair’s intimate after-party on and off for years, Read More
Last night, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart‘s Jason Jones—he of the in-development cooking show sitcom—did a segment on how regular folks like you, me, or that guy Chris Matthews humiliated on air for not knowing what Neville Chamberlain did last May, can attain the lofty title of "pundit."
Mr. Jones Read More
Christopher Hitchens has some drinking advice for you: order by brand. [P6]
Miley Cyrus fanatics crashed Vanity Fair’s Web site trying to view pics of the fifteen year-old wrapped in a satin sheet. Bill O’Reilly blames her father. [NY Daily News, US Weekly] Read More
Christopher Hitchens, the British-born journalist-turned-American citizen circa 2007, stopped by New York University’s journalism building recently. After class my friend Sophie and I tailed him to the elevator, where he was chatting with Steve Wasserman, former book review editor of The Los Angeles Times, and a lissome brunette with a book contract: stiff competition.
Inspired by the onset of the "annual culture war about the display of cribs, mangers, conifers, and other symbols on public land," secular ringleader Christopher Hitchens gets all hot-headed in Slate and writes about Hannukah as the celebration of "Maccabean peasants who wanted to destroy Hellenism and restore… ‘oldtime religion.’"
Thus, to Read More
It was a little after 7 p.m. on Wednesday night and Christopher Hitchens was having a whiskey on the 6th floor balcony of the Marriot Marquis hotel. He was there for the National Book Awards (see post below), and because he’d been nominated for best non-fiction book of the year, he was wearing a Read More
Last night at the Society for Ethical Culture, the big question was: whose body count is bigger? Atheism’s or Christianity’s?
In one corner was Christopher Hitchens, a leading contributor to American intellectual dyspepsia and the author of God is Not Great; in the other was Hoover Institution and former young Reaganite Dinesh D’Souza, author of Read More
At different times in New York on June 1, Christopher Hitchens and Ian McEwan, literary giants whose close friendship has been much remarked upon in the press, were discussing each other in separate venues.
Mr. McEwan was appearing that night on Charlie Rose’s PBS interview show.
“Well, Read More