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Sunday, 22 October 2006

You Got a Problem with That?

With Carol Blue, at left
Christopher Hitchens: America's Cheekiest Bloke
AKA Christopher Eric Hitchens
Born: 13-Apr-1949
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Agent provocateur
Critic of Mother Teresa (who he claims, rightly, that Teresa was more interested in the glorification of God and not helping the poor; she was a friend and supporter of Charles Keating, a man whose money she took when overlooking the fact that he obtained it by stealing from the poor). Hitchens also put Henry Kissinger on literary trial in one of his books -- "A good liar must have a good memory: Kissinger is a stupendous liar with a remarkable memory." Once a figure of the left, on the staff of The Nation, Hitchens has departed that journal and joined Vanity Fair. His critics are unable to grasp the fact that his views actually are consistent; they merely do not fit well into the liberal/conservative labels used in American politics. His politics tend to the libertarian perspective, and he will criticize anyone, anywhere, if he feels the subject deserves it. This was never more apparent than during the media love-fest immediately following the passing of former President Ronald Reagan.
After September 11, Hitchens returned to Pakistan and Afghanistan for Vanity Fair, resulting in his article, On the Frontier of Apocalypse. John Hiler quotes Hichens, "Osama bin Laden forgot to consult the Talmudic sub-text. Each of the 72 virgins comes with a mother-in-law. His terrorists should have read the fine print."
Father: (British naval officer, WWII)
Mother: (d. suicide, in an Athens hotel room)
Brother: Peter Jonathan Hitchens (b. 28-Oct-1951 in Malta)
Wife: Eleni Meleagrou (m. 18-Jun-1981, div., two children)
Wife: Carol Blue (m. 1991, one child)
Daughter: Sophia
Daughter: Antonia
University: Balliol College, Oxford University (1970)
Scholar: UC Berkeley
Harper's Washington Editor
The Spectator U.S. Correspondent
The Nation Washington Correspondent
Newsday Book Critic (1986-92)
Vanity Fair Contributing editor
Atlantic Monthly Books columnist
National Secular Society Honorary Associate
Jewish Ancestry
Risk Factors:
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (14-Jun-2002) Himself
Author of books:
Blood, Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies (1990, nonfiction)
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (1-Dec-1995, biography)
No One Left to Lie To (1-Apr-1999, nonfiction, on the
Bill Clinton Presidency)
The Trial of Henry Kissinger (May-2001, nonfiction)
Letters to a Young Contrarian (16-Oct-2001, nonfiction)
Why Orwell Matters (17-Sep-2002, nonfiction)
A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq (3-Jun-2003, nonfiction)