The Best of Hitchens, Round 13


More from the New Yorker profile:

    Hitchens had started writing an hour or so before, planning on leniency: … But he had written a thousand words, and he was not through hammering. “I thought I’d do a thousand words by lunchtime–my usual ambition if I’m doing a short piece,” he said. But he now saw that he could get it all done before eating. “If I can’t fuck up Ann Coulter before lunch then I shouldn’t be in this business,” he said. Not long afterward, he came into the kitchen and handed me the finished review.