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Christopher Hitchens

An Intellectual Performer

“I consider myself a very conservative Marxist.” “[Mother Theresa] was corrupt, nasty, cynical,, and cruel.” “I don’t like writing unpaid.” “Never be a spectator of unfairness and stupidity.” “The only real radicalism in our time will come ... from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.” “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” Thus spoke Christopher Hitchens, who will be at Borders on Union Square for a book signing and discussion on June 24th.

Hitchens has thus far discovered nineteen books in him, including the international best-seller, God is not Great. He is a columnist for Vanity Fair and Slate.com, and he serves as the Atlantic Monthly’s literary critic. He’s promiscuously syndicated in many other media outlets. He appears regularly on cable news where he showcases his uncanny talent as an intellectual performer.

Anything but a man of the ivory tower, Hitchens has seen quite a life, which has informed his writing. Such is the subject of his memoir, Hitch-22, in which he talks about the late 60s as an Oxford student, being literally spanked by Margaret Thatcher, reporting from the war frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan, friendships from high places, and being detained in North Korea, just to name a (very) few.

Join Hitchens at Borders and bear witness to one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals.”

The Christopher Hitchens at Borders on Union Square begins at 7pm on June 24th.