Deborah Solomon Corners Author Christopher Hitchens on His Sexual Ambiguity and His Love of Money


Since he’s still promoting his memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great and a known ball-waxer, sat down with the Times’ Deborah Solomon.

On his decision to include his Brideshead, Revisited–like schoolboy romances in his memoir, Hitchens explained:

There are still people who want to criminalize homosexuality one way or another, and I thought it might be useful if more heterosexual men admitted that they are a little bit gay, as is everyone, and that homosexuality is a form of love and not just sex.”

Solomon noted, “Not everyone is ‘a little bit gay’ as you say,” and asked, “Do you think your basic sexual confusion underlies your political confusions?”

No, I wouldn’t call it confusion. I’d call it a punctuated consistency.”

Whatever that means. Hitchens also admits:

Of course [I wrote my memoir for money], I do everything for money. Dr. Johnson is correct when he says that only a fool writes for anything but money. It would be useful to keep a diary, but I don’t like writing unpaid. I don’t like writing checks without getting paid.”

The Contrarian [NYT]