Sully And Hitch: “You Are Going To Die”

The last installment of my 2006 taped late-night conversation with Christopher Hitchens can be found here, along with all the previous extracts. This new one, on re-reading, stopped me short, as you might imagine from the opener – and Hitch’s priceless response: H: Well, look, you’re not gonna trap me into saying the Gospels are … Continue reading Sully And Hitch: “You Are Going To Die”

Sully And Hitch: “That Great Avian Demagogue, Saint Francis”

A few years ago, I taped a long conversation into the night with the late Christopher Hitchens. We’ve been running excerpts this month and you can read all of it from the beginning here. Here’s the latest new installment: H: [Jihadism] is motivated by a hatred for not just America’s hedonism, but for its existence, … Continue reading Sully And Hitch: “That Great Avian Demagogue, Saint Francis”

Sully And Hitch After Dark

This thread compiles the transcribed outtakes of a late-night discussion between Andrew and Christopher Hitchens on a range of topics from religion to free will to the war in Iraq. Tue Feb 05, 2013 – 2:20pm: Sully And Hitch After Dark: God And Coffee A while back – by which I mean several years ago … Continue reading Sully And Hitch After Dark

Hitch And Sully: “The Problem Is The Will Of So Many People To Obey”

The late night conversation we taped seven years ago but never published continues. I apologize for teasing you about his evolving views on the Iraq War earlier today. That comes later in the early morning after a few more Johnnie Walker Blacks. We’ll get there soon. This is still a conversation about religion and totalitarianism: … Continue reading Hitch And Sully: “The Problem Is The Will Of So Many People To Obey”

Hitch And Sully: “Who Is This Herr Ratzinger?”

The conversation continues: Hitch: It makes me laugh when people say “fundamental,” because what it means is you believe that these books are the word of God. That’s what fundamental means, fundamentalist means. If they’re not, then in what sense are you religious? If I ask you— Andrew: You can say that they are inspired— … Continue reading Hitch And Sully: “Who Is This Herr Ratzinger?”

Hitch And Sully: Is Religion Fossilized Philosophy?

The night’s discussion between me and Hitchens several years’ back (see here for context) continues: H: One can’t be neutral about religion. One can’t just say it’s wrong — one has to say it’s a wicked thing to desire. I mean, why would anyone want it to be true that one was subject to permanent … Continue reading Hitch And Sully: Is Religion Fossilized Philosophy?

Sully And Hitch After Dark: God And Coffee

A while back – by which I mean several years ago now – I thought it would be a cool idea to do some post-prandial chats with some of my favorite people. It occurred to me that the best conversations I ever heard in Washington never happened on television or radio. They were always way … Continue reading Sully And Hitch After Dark: God And Coffee

Hitch’s Last Words

A slew of fragmented jottings – most of them pithy, some of them cryptic – that Hitchens left unfinished when he died are being published as the ultimate chapter of Mortality. David Plotz reproduces some here, along with his selective annotation. A few excerpts:

Now so many tributes that it also seems that rumors of my LIFE have also been greatly exaggerated. Lived to see most of what's going to be written about me: this too is exhilarating but hits diminishing returns when I realize how soon it, too, will be "background."

Another:

I'm not fighting or battling cancer—it's fighting me.

Another:

If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.

In Mortality's afterword, Hitch's wife, Carol Blue, remembers her husband:

I miss his perfect voice.