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July 18, 2007

Don't F*** With Hitch


Christopher Hitchens denies the existence of God. But then he would wouldn't he? The Son of Man and all that... And as for the Other Place.

If anyone should be gloating at the collapse and disgrace of Lord Black of Crossharbour, the absurd title with which Conrad Black invested himself on being raised to the British peerage, that someone should be me. In the mid-1980s he boasted to a reporter that he was going to buy the London Spectator in order to fire me as its Washington correspondent. When I heard the news, I thought: Here we go again, another newspaper tycoon gone clean off his trolley with megalomania. Next thing we know, he'll have to build himself a revolving room, like Lord Northcliffe of the Daily Mail, or announce that he's a poached egg and demand a large piece of toast to lie down on, or build an opera house in which his untalented girlfriend can sing.

With a tip of the hat to the Drink Soaked Trots.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 18, 2007 07:07 AM


Hitch is a very clever fellow, but I'm always leery of embracing his sentiments too closely. His anti-religious fervour happens to suit the current mood since it's largely aimed at death-dealing fanatics, but when it's turned on ordinary, nonviolent worshippers it gets ridiculous.

I tend to view him like the Soviets in the Second World War -- uneasy allies for now, but when the Nazis are put down, we'll be on opposite sides of the line battling each other.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 18, 2007 10:20 AM

He is consistently flat out wrong about the Phakestinians; definitely a blind spot there. I see no equivalence between a few condo-dwelling zealots in Judea and Samaria and the grotesqueries of Arab fascism in its various iterations. And once again, there is no equivalence between the entirety of the casualties inflicted by Israel - its military and all its security services - over fifty years next to the casual slaughter of muslims by muslims in a given year.

He is also wrong about the Elgin Marbles.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 18, 2007 10:55 AM

Forgot about the Elgin Marbles business. I have a hard time understanding why it's such a contentious issue now. The Ottomans ran the joint back then, Lord Elgin paid the Ottomans for them, and they've been well look-after by the British Museum ever since.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 18, 2007 05:00 PM

His anti-Churchill rant in The Atlantic a few years back was farcical and quickly and easily rebutted.

I generally have a lot of time for him.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 19, 2007 09:35 AM

He and the others are just AA Gill without the food. Fun to read but you are really not going to build your life around anything they say. Entertainment.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 19, 2007 09:51 AM

Only if Orwell and "the others" are mere "entertainment". Another trivial remark from a trivializing mind.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2007 01:27 AM

I was amused that he thought that Babs was the cause of the downfall. Say what you will about Black; he managed to rid the Toronto literati of its sole sexual predator. Margaret Atwood sleeps easier knowing that Doug is safe from the fabled Amiel suction.

And what fun that George recommended his best bud to represent his former wife's current husband.

I suspect Babs, having cut her teeth on the felon, will be moving up to someone with real money; if only Avrill was still with us he could have traded in Pam for Babs and been a happier man.

(And, yes, I could wiki all of that but the people who care know and the rest don't matter.)

It does appear from the pic accompaning Hitch's piece that Babs is willing to reprise the Dutchess of Windsor's maxim, "You can never be too rich or too thin." Black was chump change but Babs has got the thin thing down.

Posted by: Jay Currie [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2007 02:52 AM

Silly moo.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2007 04:10 PM