Friday, December 16, 2011

Farewell, Hitch

I've never had heroes or idols, but Christopher Hitchens was one of the few people in the world I truly admired. Not merely on account of his muscular, persuasive support of the campaign to reunite the Parthenon Marbles in Athens, but for his glittering, coruscating turns of phrase, his resolute purpose, staggering erudition, willingness to change his mind as the facts changed, and his merciless demolition of the crapulous pygmy yes-men who populate even the highest stations of public office.

Oh to have encountered him at the bar...