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stood atChristopher Hitchens stood at the intersection of late imperial Britain and hedonistic, baby-boomer Britain

Christopher Hitchens was a big and impressive figure. And the sheer scale of the commentary after his death is a testament to one of his most attractive qualities: his capacity for close friendship, especially among his fellow writers and journalists, the gatekeepers of the public domain. But the mainly admiring accounts of the man and his life felt one dimensional—too much the central casting Hitchens, the fearless intellectual pugilist, the man of great…

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