Alas, poor Hitchens, I knew him, Horatio

Roz Kaveney, who was acquainted with both Christopher Hitchens and Bill Clinton at Oxford, laments what has become of Hitchens in recent years in this well-written post. Via Long Story; Short Pier.

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4 Responses to Alas, poor Hitchens, I knew him, Horatio

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    Kevin Moore says:

    Also of note is Dennis Perrin’s treatment of Hitchens, whom Perrin claims was his mentor. Perrin is a bit more charitable than to call Hitch a “urbane drunken fop”, yet his personal closeness makes this public severing of ties sting all the more. But Roz’s one-two punch is jaw-dropping.

    Clinton makes an appearance as the screwdriver that unhinged poor addled Hitch. (Excerpted at my humble blog.) Surrealpolitik indeed.

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    --k. says:


    “Alas, poor Hitchens! I knew him, Horatio.”

    Much better.

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    John Isbell says:

    A piece worth reading. I would only dispute the author’s claim that Hitchens was or is a good writer. Hitchens is, however, a perfectly good demagogue.

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    Ampersand says:

    Thanks for the link, Kevin.

    John, I do remember likeing some of Hitchens’ stuff back in the 1980s. My memory being what it is (or, more aptly, what it isn’t), I can’t offer you any particular examples.

    Kip, correction duly noted and applied.