Just when you thought Wednesday was getting boring, here comes our favorite hard-drinking, Clinton-debunking, body-waxing British atheist, Christopher Hitchens, to take on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, father of eight, at the 92nd Street Y. The rabbi told us that Mr. Hitchens is “the high priest of American soullessness” who believes that “human beings have no higher goals or aspirations other than to indulge their materiality. I personally like Hitchens. I think that he’s a sweet and good man. I think he’s a champion of the underprivileged. He’s a man who’s inspirational. But this”—Mr. Hitchen’s recent tome, God Is Not Great—“is by far his weakest book to date.” The rabbi told us his own new book, The Broken American Male, argues that “there’s a real crisis in American manhood, and the American family is rotting from the head down. Seventy-five percent of all divorces are initiated by women. They’d rather be alone than be with this guy who never talks to them, who never compliments them, who criticizes them, who instead of making love to them is downloading porn.” (Unless he helps make her president, that is!) “Most men today feel like failures,” he continued. “Why don’t they love their wives? Think about it. If I’m a loser, then the woman dumb enough to marry me is an even bigger loser!” Help, Hitchens, help!
[Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 8 p.m., www.92y.org]
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