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Cartoon Debate

On Wednesday, gunmen attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12. The magazine was known for printing images of the prophet Mohammed, including the 2005 cartoons that originally ran in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, leading to widespread violence. Show More Summary

Magni Catholica Super Teges

Animi et corporis fluctuatio deinceps Benedictus XVI edidit consilium de papatu abdicandum fine Februarii. Abdicare se papa primus fere sex vocant centurias. MMX, sicut allegationibus pedophilic sacerdotes perseveraverint volu, Christopher Hitchens exprobetur individualis et institutional corruptionis intra ecclesiae moenia sacra. Suo originali articulus dicitur Editio infra.

The Last Word

The following is Carol Blue’s afterword to her husband Christopher Hitchens’ book Mortality, out in September from Twelve.

The Road to Monticello

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How Silly—and Happy—We Were

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Christopher Hitchens: Always on the Mark

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The Ruined Table

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Beware the In-Laws

Back in 2011, Christopher Hitchens tried to warn Kate Middleton away from the dreary dutifulness of life in the royal family. But now not only are they married, Kate and Prince William have a son. Mistake? Hitchens' article is reprinted below.

How to Make a Decent Cup of Tea

We might have bested the Brits in the Revolutionary War, but there is one thing they do vastly better than us: brew a proper cup of tea. The late British ex-pat Christopher Hitchens penned this essential guide back in January 2011 in an effort to combat America’s inability to make a cuppa as it was intended. The original piece is printed below.

Wine Drinkers of the World, Unite

The other night, I was having dinner with some friends in a fairly decent restaurant and was at the very peak of my form as a wit and raconteur. But just as, with infinite and exquisite tantalizations, I was approaching my punch line, the most incredible thing happened. Show More Summary

Brilliant Contrarianism

In retrospect it seems obvious that Christopher Hitchens always needed a larger canvas on which to perform in his many roles as a journalist, debater, and public intellectual, but it nevertheless came as a surprise to many in LondonShow More Summary


I had the privilege of publishing two books by Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great and Hitch-22. Here are 10 things about him I found particularly admirable:

The New Gaffe

“OK, that’s it,” said my guest a few nights ago. “That’s what?” “The Perry campaign: It’s officially over. Look, I’ve found the moment.” Together, in mild stupefaction, we watched as a fellow-creature, accoutred with gorgeous mammalian...Show More Summary

Pakistan Is the Enemy

In Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Lt. Milo Minderbinder transforms the mess accounts of the American airbase under his care into a "syndicate" under whose terms all servicemen are potential stakeholders. But this prince of entrepreneurs and...Show More Summary

In Defense of Endless War

A continuous and repetitive thread in the commentary on the decade since 9/11—one might almost call it an endless and open-ended theme—was the plaintive observation that the struggle against al-Qaida and its surrogates is somehow a "war...Show More Summary

Simply Evil

The proper task of the "public intellectual" might be conceived as the responsibility to introduce complexity into the argument: the reminder that things are very infrequently as simple as they can be made to seem. But what I learned...Show More Summary

Rick Perry's God

I happened to spend several weeks in Texas earlier this year, while the Lone Star State lay under the pitiless glare of an unremitting drought. After a protracted arid interval, the state's immodest governor, Rick Perry, announced that he was using the authority vested in him to call for prayers for rain. Show More Summary

The Crimes of Col. Qaddafi

In George Orwell's 1939 novel, Coming Up for Air, his narrator, George Bowling, broods on the special horrors of the new totalitarianism and notices "the colored shirts, the barbed wire, the rubber truncheons," but also, less obviously...Show More Summary

Britons Have Been Violent and Cruel for Generations

I realized that the collapse of British society into a Hobbesian nightmare of mutual predation and despair was still some distance off when I caught two little straws in the wind. The first was a well-framed photograph of a badly scorched bit of London, taken on the morning after a night of riots and vandalism. Show More Summary

The End of the Kemalist Affair

To read of the stunning news, of the almost-overnight liquidation of the Ataturkist or secularist military caste, and to try to do so from the standpoint of a seriously secular Turk, is to have a small share in the sense of acute national vertigo that must have accompanied the proclamation of a new system in the second two decades of the 20 th century.

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