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Christopher Hitchens

  1. mostess
    You’re Killing Me With Your PicnicsObligatory eating on grass is the worst thing about summer.
  2. commenters
    Confirmed: Men Not FunnyCourtesy Ellie Kemper and GQ commenters. 
  3. year in culture 2012
    Kathryn Schulz’s Top 10 Books of 2012Including Alice Munro’s newest short stories and Christopher Hitchens’s last meditations.
  4. A Send-Off for Hitch: Live from the Christopher Hitchens MemorialFriends remember the scourge of Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa.
  5. Heilemann: Remembering HitchensNotes from a 21-year friendship.
  6. An Evening With Hitch: From Iraq Abyss, One ‘Can’t Jump Out’ Two days after the Iraq War came to an end, so did one of its biggest promoters.
  7. Christopher Hitchens Is Dead at 62 [Updated]He didn’t believe in resting in peace.
  8. Your Faith In Christopher Hitchens Gives Him the BluesThe Hitchens brothers debate religion.
  9. Christopher Hitchens Will Not Be Participating in ‘Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day’But that doesn’t mean you have to!
  10. hairy situations
    Professional Waxers Not Afraid to Taze Dudes Who Get Out of Hand During ‘Brozilian’ TreatmentsApparently some think Brazilian bikini waxes come with sexual favors.
  11. Christopher Hitchens Discusses His ‘New Impermanent Phase of Life’There are bad days and then there are worse days.”
  12. Christopher Hitchens Doesn’t Necessarily Want People to Stop Praying for HimI say if it makes you feel better then you have my blessing.”
  13. ‘In Whatever Kind of a ‘Race’ Life May Be, I Have Very Abruptly Become a Finalist’Christopher Hitchens reflects on his battle with cancer.
  14. Christopher Hitchens Undergoing Cancer TreatmentHe says: I’ve “been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me.”
  15. #context
    Does Salman Rushdie Think Mos Def Is Insane in a Good or Bad Way?He definitely thinks he’s insane.
  16. Deborah Solomon Corners Author Christopher Hitchens on His Sexual Ambiguity and His Love of MoneyDo you think your basic sexual confusion underlies your political confusions?”
  17. bromance
    Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens’s Inside Jokes Are No Funnier Than Regular People’s Inside JokesUnless you think “Stop in the Name of Hysterical Sex” is really funny.
  18. Christopher Hitchens Had Sex With Boarding-School Boys, Tory MenNow that’s some imagery.
  19. What You Didn’t See on TV: Inauguration Celebrity WatchYou watched the ceremony, you analyzed the speech, you likely teared up. But what did you miss? Jada Yuan, embedded in the crowd, reports.
  20. Christopher Hitchens Blames Torture on Common Americans, Demands ‘Tongue’ From Andrew Sullivan“I want tongue. Give me tongue,” Hitchens implored.
  21. Is Sam Ronson Supposed to Do Lesbian Benefits Just Because She Is One?Supposedly she turned down a benefit for a Village lady-bar. And will we see you at Steve Rubell’s cousin’s new Joan Crawford–themed club? More in today’s gossip roundup.
  22. you saw it here first
    First Look: See Joss Whedon and Damon Lindelof in Brad Meltzer’s ‘Book of Lies’ TrailerPit Joss against Christopher Hitchens and guess whom we’ll side with every time.
  23. Be Prepared to Learn More About the Taleses Than You Ever Wanted to KnowMariah Carey doesn’t want you to see her eyes, Pamela Anderson gets American, and Elite modeling agency goes to Utah!
  24. You, Too, Can Gripe Publicly About Christopher HitchensOur friend Jeff Bercovici over at Portfolio just pointed out that Vanity Fair has finally caved and admitted that Christopher Hitchens is probably-definitely their most loathsome writer ever. (Even more than whoever writes those nightmarish Edwin Coaster correspondences. Seriously, those combined with the weird, unfunny joke pages VF suddenly decided to put in the back of the magazine really make us doubt our love for it.) So they want to hear what you think about his Hitchness. No V.F. contributing editor arouses more reader ire than our tireless columnist Christopher Hitchens. To accommodate the overflow of outraged letters and e-mails sent to the magazine, VF Daily introduces a new feature: Hitch Bitch. Though we love Christopher, we think we might contribute a note or two of our own. We might bring up the time he forced his freshly shorn balls upon us or that time he made us unwillingly relive the Christmas awkwardness of our childhood. Or maybe we’ll just complain about the fact that he has been showing up on the news as a political commentator this primary season. Dude, you can’t be an expert on Hillary’s campaign nuance and back waxing. Whom do you think you write for, Us Weekly? Announcing the Hitch Bitch [VF via Mixed Media/Portfolio]
  25. Ellen Dethrones Oprah, Finally Has a Real Reason to DanceMEDIA • Ellen beat Oprah as the nation’s favorite TV personality, dethroning the Queen of Talk who held the top spot for five years. [HR] • Will Schwalbe quit Hyperion after seven years as editor-in-chief. His decision seems to have come as something of a shock, and the publisher has no immediate successor planned. Schwalbe, co-author of Send, the recent guide to e-mail etiquette, won’t divulge his own plans. [NYO] • Christopher Hitchens quits smoking! Really, we’re excited and interested! [Radar]
  26. intel
    New Year’s Resolutions for the Best New YorkersRecently, we were watching John Waters’s 1998 movie Pecker, which starred all kinds of great people like Martha Plimpton and Lily Taylor and Edward Furlong, before he got weird and started getting arrested and dating his manager. Anyway, as in all John Waters movies, there were about five really brilliantly funny parts in it, one of which was a game the characters played called “Shopping for Others,” in which they’d go to the supermarket and sneak things into the shopping carts of fellow shoppers when they weren’t looking. (Like a long phallic gourd in the cart of a mousy single woman or a stack of Depends for a smarmy dude in tight jeans, etc.) Anyway, we got to thinking: How about if, this year, we make New Year’s resolutions for others? We’ve never made New Year’s resolutions ourselves — it’s weird, every year New Year’s Eve rolls around, and we realize we’re still kind of perfect! — but we’ve always felt we were missing out on that great American tradition. Not to mention, frankly, there are people that could use our assistance. So. To celebrate the great New Yorkers who make this blog possible and to help them continue their gloriousness into 2008, we’ve generously ginned up some resolutions for their benefit.
  27. Christopher Hitchens Is Bad SantaAre you hating this Christmas season? Feeling Scrooge-like, or just … fat? Well, then, you might enjoy this uncomfortable-making video in which Christopher Hitchens, smooth-balled author and proud heretic, entertains the crowd at Reason magazine’s “Secular Christmas” party Monday night. The Hitch arrives with a Santa hat perched on the large decorative gourd that is his head, but he’s drunk and he clearly hasn’t brought any presents. So, he entertains them the best way he knows how — with song. Click the image to view.
  28. the early-evening news
    Anti-Christmas Hero Makes Triumphant Return to Broadway!Plus: News about Batman!
  29. kudos
    Denis Johnson Wins the National Book Award That Everyone Expected Him ToThe National Book Awards were last night at the Marriot Marquis, as pretty much everyone predicted, Denis Johnson took home the prize for fiction for his Vietnam War novel Tree of Smoke.
  30. At Last, Christopher Hitchens Describes His Infamous WaxingToday’s “Rush & Molloy” reminds us, as if we could forget, that some poor lady had to wax Christopher Hitchens’s balls this year. This, we have noticed, is the most well-publicized hair removal since Britney took hold of a razor in a prison-grade beauty salon. Nay, since John Smith nearly got scalped by Powhatan in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1607. So needless to say, we wanted to get it over with already and read what Hitchens had to say about the experience, but Rushmo left us hanging. Vanity Fair posted a photo slideshow of the affair on their Website (don’t worry, it’s blessedly G-rated), and even they left out his description. But today we finally got our six-pound copy of Vanity Fair, and read it for ourselves. So here, for your enjoyment, horror, and titillation, is what Christopher Hitchens had to say about the dreaded “Crack, Back and Sack” Maneuver: I had no idea it would be so excruciating. The combined effect was like being tortured for information that you do not possess, with intervals for a (incidentally very costly) sandpaper handjob. The thing is that, in order to rip, you have to grip. A point of leverage is required; a place that can be firmly gripped and pulled while the skin is tautened
  31. Sarah Silverman: ‘Don’t Call Me a Rivers’John Updike says he moved from New York to New England to get away from the “ego-eroding literary hustle” of the city. Glamour editor Cindi Leive had a rare blowup over racially insensitive comments fashion editor Ashley Baker made while speaking to a group of African-American lawyers. Sarah Silverman confessed to Howard Stern that she got extremely upset after being mistaken for Melissa Rivers. Jimmy Fallon and Rangers teammates Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan ate at the Waverly Inn after their season opener. Martina Navratilova and Jeffrey Lyons may or may not have left Kenjo together on West 57th Street.
  32. ranters and ravers
    Nathan Zuckerman’s Penis: A Critical OverviewThe Season of the Wang continues.
  33. ranters and ravers
    ‘Harry Potter‘: Finally, Out-of-Touch 60-Year-Olds Weigh In!Christopher Hitchens and Stephen King have their say.
  34. Since U Been Making Him MoneySony BMG chief Clive Davis doesn’t like Kelly Clarkson’s music, even though it makes his label a lot of money. Barbara Corcoran dropped trou for a bunch of people who commented that she’d lost weight. Ellen Barkin returned some diamonds she was loaned to wear to a Darfur benefit at Cannes at 3 a.m. Usher has taken to calling in radio stations to complain about hosts who make fun of his fiancée. President Bush promised a bunch of Vietnam vets that he’d read a book that alleges that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, among others, were responsible for keeping soldiers in Southeast Asia even after the U.S. withdrew from the region. In her new book, former venture capitalist Christine Comaford-Lynch compares Barbara Walters to a small action figure.
  35. Blowin' in the WindBobby Kennedy Jr. says he and his uncle Ted aren’t as opposed to the proposed Cape Cod wind farm as a book says they are. Liza Minnelli and Isle Werther are fighting over a dress. Barneys creative director Simon Doonan is happy to be a “card-carrying fag.” Boxing will go upscale when three Ford models replace the traditional ring girls at the upcoming welterweight championship at MSG. Former Justin Timberlake flame Cameron Diaz and current Justin Timberlake flame Jessica Biel will both be at the MTV Movie Awards, which may be awkward. Adam Carolla noted that Rosie O’Donnell is a fat female lesbian, and thus has “triple coverage as a minority.” President Bush’s chief domestic policy adviser, Karl Zinzmeister, reportedly said he’d never hire another woman because they “just get pregnant and leave.” Dean McDermott broke up with girlfriend Mary Jo Eustace via “Page Six.”
  36. ranters and ravers
    Christopher Hitchens vs. God: And the Winner Is…
  37. Mike ‘10! • Mayor Bloomberg says he may run for governor in 2010. The reasoning: He is allegedly angry at Spitzer for trying to “run the city,” so he may as well wrest the state from him. Does this mean people will finally stop bugging Mike to run for president in ‘08? [NYP] • We told you the Giuliani campaign is going to be filled with moments like this, and, boy, does the man deliver: Just as Rudy got comfortable saying he “hates abortion” on the trail, out pop his donations to Planned Parenthood — six of them, all made while he was mayor. [amNY] • The Daily News drops an interesting statistic: There are 250,820 fugitives currently on the lam in the state of New York. Of course, almost a quarter of them are “various drug offenders,” which calls into question our drug laws rather than their lackadaisical enforcement. [NYDN] • In a wire item none of our local papers deemed fit to print, the AP reports a faulty pipe that has spewed millions of gallons of sewage into the Hudson is finally fixed. We knew our Hudson River Raw Tea tasted a little off this past weekend. [WHDH] • And Christopher Hitchens’s evening at the Public Library last night, in support of his atheist screed God Is Not Great, was originally billed as a debate with You, the audience (how Web 2.0!). Then how did he end up debating the Reverend Al Sharpton — and, God, why? [Empire Zone/NYT]
  38. Rich Little, Not So Funny! Who Knew?Karl Rove got into a fight with Sheryl Crow and Laurie David at the White House Correspondents Association dinner Saturday night. Also at the dinner: Eliot Spitzer got Sanjaya Malakar’s autograph, and host Richard Little bombed. And Antonin Scalia chatted up blogger Ana Marie Cox at Christopher Hitchens’s after-party. James Carville owns several guns. Chevy Chase was mentally and physically abused as a child, according to an upcoming biography. Keith McNally is still at his street campaign against the giant Hotel Gansevoort billboard. Cynthia Nixon is still holding out hope for a Sex and the City movie. The widow of Dr. Robert Atkins is trying to remove trustees of his estate because they sued her for back pay.
  39. He Blew His Nose, and Then He Blew His MindKeith Richards snorted his father’s ashes. Ed Koch still hates Rudy Giuliani, now via e-mail. Paula Zahn and Richard Cohen have filed for divorce. Insiders blame the “Pale Male and Lola incident.” Cynthia Nixon rooted through a trash can in Riverside Park last week. Felix Rohatyn had an enthusiastic love life in his office at Lazard Freres, says a new tell-all about the firm. Julia Child didn’t care for the gays, according to a new biography. Kate Moss probably won’t make FHM’s sexiest-women list, but Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller are expected to rank high. Don’t forget, Jane Pratt had sex with Drew Barrymore.