At Last, Some Good (Even Funny) Writing by Christopher Hitchens

The quote of the day is from Christopher Hitchens’ piece in the December 2009 Vanity Fair, “The Author Who Played with Fire,” about the late journalist and novelist Stieg Larsson, whose The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo created the memorable heroine Lisbeth Salander (For those blog readers not in the know, Salander is possessed of “a photographic memory, a chess mind to rival Bobby Fischer’s, a mathematical capacity that toys with Fermat’s last theorem as a cat bats a mouse, and the ability to hack … into the deep intestinal computers of all banks and police departments.”)

The Hitchens article begins:

I suppose it’s justifiable to describe “best-selling” in quasi-tsunami terms because when it happens it’s partly a wall and partly a tide: first you see a towering, glistening rampart of books in Costco and the nation’s airports and then you are hit by a series of succeeding waves that deposit individual copies in the hands of people sitting right next to you. I was slightly wondering what might come crashing in after Hurricane Khaled. I didn’t guess that the next great inundation would originate not in the exotic kite-running spaces at the roof of the world but from an epi-center made almost banal for us by Volvo, Absolut, Saab, and IKEA.

Ha, ha, ha! Well done, Christopher! In fact, self would venture to state that this has been your most entertaining article to date!

(Unfortunately, only a few paragraphs later, there is this bloated thing: “His best excuse for his own prurience is that these serial killers and torture fanciers are practicing a form of capitalism and that their racket is protected by a pornographic alliance with a form of Fascism, its lower ranks made up of hideous bikers and meth runners.” To which self can only respond: OMG!)

Stay tuned.

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