When Christopher Hitchens died in December of last year, it was a sad day for me. It was a treat to see and listen to him on panel discussion and talk shows. Even when he wasn’t, he was always the smartest person in the room.
And reading him was a pleasure. As a writer, I consider Hitchens over my head and that’s the way I want it. I learn when I read his words and opinions. No, I don’t always agree with his views, but I know I’ve been someplace when I’m done reading him.
Maybe there are a few of us out there who still like to read books, so I’m reporting the news that three of Hitchens’ older books are going to be reissued next month. They are “The Missionary Position,” “No One Left To Lie To,” and “The Trial of Henry Kissinger.”
In addition to this, a new book, “Mortality,” which is collected essays on death from his articles in Vanity Fair, will be released in September.
After this cataract surgery I’ve had, one of the treats back in my life is being able to read again. Mr. Hitchens, “God is Not Great,” is once again on my nightstand.
(Photo from Vanity Fair)