Drinking with Christopher Hitchens
I was going to save this for the Traffic Jam but it’s worth its own post. Michael J. Totten recounts his evening drinking with Christopher Hitchens in D.C. this past weekend after a joint television appearance. The piece defies excerpting but it confirmed my suspicions:
The bartender came by and asked Hitchens if he wanted another drink. Ã¢€œThank you so much,Ã¢€ Hitchens said, Ã¢€œyouÃ¢€™re a perfect gentleman.Ã¢€ ItÃ¢€™s funny. HeÃ¢€™s exactly the same in person as he is on TV. The only difference is that he has a drink in one hand and a Rothmans cigarette in the other. What you see on TV is what you get. His persona isnÃ¢€™t a shtick, itÃ¢€™s his real personality.
Hitchens is simultaneously disarmingly polite and possessed of a biting wit. The breadth and depth of his knowledge is simply unrivaled by any journalist working today.