Still Talking to Hitch


Author Martin Amis on coping with the loss of his best friend Christopher Hitchens.

When Christopher Hitchens died in December, Martin Amis lost his best friend.  The British author says his immediate desolation gave way to a much greater love of life, something Amis believes Hitchens had in spades and bequeathed to him when he passed away. 

Amis recently sat down with Slate’s Jacob Weisberg to talk about what made his bond with Hitches so special and how he still carries on their dialogue in his own head. He also explains why Hitchens, for all his gifts as a writer, was never drawn to write fiction.

Written By: Martin Amis & Jacob Weisberg
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  1. Hitch the man died late last year. Hitch the legend can’t be killed. If you doubt me you have only to watch his videos and read his written works. And no, I don’t believe in resurrection any more than he did.

    Thanks for reading.

  2. Christopher was too busy with current events to be bothered with writing fictional stories.

  3. Still miss that voice. Very impressed with Ian McKewan for dedicating Sweet Tooth to him.

  4. We can’t thank Hitch enough for all his efforts. I remember Richard writing about being immortalized through your memes in The Selfish Gene:

    Socrates may or may not have a gene or two alive in the world today, as G. C. Williams has remarked, but who cares? The meme-complexes of Socrates, Leonardo, Copernicus and Marconi are still going strong.

    So shall Hitchens’ meme-complex, generations from now.

  5. Hitch dealt with fiction all the time… After all, he regularly was discussing God.

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