Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens on Lincoln

Lincoln, himself, was paradoxical—as is the way we see him now. To really know the 16th president, look past the ways in which we remember him.

The Dogmatic Doubter

The publication of Mother Teresa's letters, concerning her personal crisis of faith, can be seen either as an act of considerable honesty or of extraordinary cynicism (or perhaps both of the above).

A World Is Born

The palindromic year now closing is palindromic only if you count by the arithmetic of the Christian era, and in few years has it been more evident that these numbers (written now in Arabic instead of Roman script) are relative.

False Spring

In Washington, March is sometimes the cruelest month. The air softens, the low sky opens up and spreads a bit, and the cherry blossoms begin to burgeon along the avenues and riverbanks.

A Washingtonian Looks At His City

Perhaps it's just me, a Brit living in America. But Washington had a distinctly orphaned feeling as September drew to its unhappy close. The nation's heart bled for those burned and buried in New York, and for the all-American heroes dead in Pennsylvania--but not (or certainly not to the same degree) for the Federal City and the loss of one of the Pentagon's five facets.

Life On The Edge

If you don't like the weather in northern California, wait a few minutes and it'll change. (Mark Twain might have said that.) Other climates are similarly mutable.

Prohibition Redux

EXCUSE ME FOR MENtioning it, but the era of big government doesn't seem to be quite over yet. This is true whether or not you happen to be - as I confess to being - a member of the inhaling community and a person of smoke.