Christopher Hitchens is a bombastic, self-aggrandizing name dropper. But you knew that already. Hes also perhaps the most irascible writer of the unorthodox left (he was in favor of the Iraq War). And, certainly, the most quotable. A regular on television and contributor to Vanity Fair, the expat Englishman became a U.S. citizen three years ago, and that processalong with his tart political viewsare both featured in his new memoir, Hitch-22 (Twelve Books, $26.99). Though he counts Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis as close friend, Hitchens wasnt born posh. He was a scholarship boy at Oxford, and hes survived by his wits in journalism for four decades. Apart from his political views (I consider myself a very conservative Marxist), Hitchens personal revelations will also help sell the book. His mother, later a suicide, never told her kids she was Jewish. Hitchens, married twice, frankly acknowledges a couple of gay affairs. He and Amis visit a New York brothel together (but dont sleep together). In the 80s, he debates then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who orders him to bow. With a life like that, can a second volumeHitch-23, perhapsbe far behind? Tonight, radio host Luke Burbank will interview Hitchens on stage. BRIAN MILLER
Christopher Hitchens, author of "God is Not Great," poses in this Jan. 9, 2007 handout photo. Photographer: Christian Witkin. Source: Twelve/Grand Central Publishing via Bloomberg News.