“It should be a handsome movie about men in hats.” - Ethan Coen
POSTSCRIPT: Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011 by Christopher Buckley, The New Yorker
Two fragments come to mind. The first is from “Brideshead Revisited,” a book Christopher loved and which he could practically quote in its entirety. Anthony Blanche, the exotic, outrageous aesthete, is sent down from Oxford. Charles Ryder, the book’s narrator, mourns: “Anthony Blanche had taken something away with him when he went; he had locked a door and hung the key on his chain; and all his friends, among whom he had been a stranger, needed him now.”
Christopher was never a “stranger to his friends”—ça va sans dire, as he would say. Among his prodigal talents, perhaps his greatest was his gift of friendship. Christopher’s inner circle, Martin, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, James Fenton, Julian Barnes, comprise more or less the greatest writers in the English language. That’s some posse.
But in leaving them—and the rest of us—for “the undiscovered country” (he could recite more or less all of “Hamlet,” too) Christopher has taken something away with him, and his friends, in whose company I am so very grateful to have been, will need him now. We are now, finally, without a Hitch.
The other bit is from Houseman, and though it’s from a poem that Christopher and I recited back and forth at each other across the tables at Café Milano, I hesitate to quote it here. I see him wincing at my deplorable propensity for “crowd-pleasing.” But I’m going to quote it anyway, doubting as I do that he would chafe at my trying to mine what consolation I can over the loss of my beloved athlete, who died so young.
Smart lad to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
WHO DOES YOUR SUITS? THEY’RE DOING
A PRETTY GOOD JOB ACTUALLY DAMNPISS-POOR WORK. LOOK AT THOSE CUFFS. YOU LOOK LIKE AN ANGEL COME TO EARTH TO TAKE AWAY ALL MY SINSA JOKE. COME TO NC AND LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU.
Guys in ties #119: hey girl, it’s Ryan Gosling!