Christopher Hitchens, Hale

January 1, 2011

By Peter Robinson

"Dinner this evening--or, rather, since it has just gone midnight, yesterday evening--with the great historian Robert Conquest and the journalist provocateur Christopher Hitchens. Christopher looked better than he has in recent photographs in Vanity Fair, and he proved utterly himself, talking about books, politics, and history for nearly three hours. I offer it as a sign of his sweet indomitability that Hitch closed the evening by reciting, from memory, this poem:
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