The Best of Hitchens, Round 5


More from the New Yorker profile:

    We were in Hitchens’s home in Washington. His top-floor apartment,
    with a wide view that includes No. 1 Observatory Circle, the Vice-
    Presidential residence, is large and handsome: sparely furnished,
    with a grand piano, books piled on the floor, a few embassy
    invitations on the mantelpiece, and prints and paintings propped
    against the walls rather than hung from them; these include an oil
    painting of Hitchens and Blue (a dark-haired, darkly dressed woman-a
    young Susan Sontag) with coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes on a table
    in front of them.