It was what he said when he arrived at the party, which he did often ("I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television," he once said) that kept him in the public mind. His quotes have the aphoristic appeal of Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde; the latter was a great subject of his, and Vidal turned one of Wilde's most famous quips, that one must "have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing," against him, asking rhetorically whether the same might not be said of "Ballad of Reading Gaol."
Martin Amis asks 'what could be more agreeable' than today's memorial for a man of many disagreements, Christopher Hitchens
"He would say it while he, I and others settled down for 16 or 17 hours for food, drink, tobacco, conversation," said Amis. "And I just want to ask, who could be more agreeable than Hitch."(1)
Posthumous Hitchens: As readers remember the writer by combing his back-catalog, publishers prepare to offer previously unpublished works
Christopher Hitchens, who died at the age of 62 last night of complications from esophageal cancer, leaves behind a massive body of work, much of which is being read today by readers and fellow writers for whom his death is the occasion for a reappreciation.
Meanwhile, his various editors are now considering his unpublished work, such as a memoir to be released by Atlantic Books early next year, and finding ways to get it before the public.