Christopher Hitchens Dead At 62

Tonight Vanity Fair announced that Christopher Hitchens, the polarizing author and essayist, died on Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston due to complications of esophageal cancer. He was 62. » 12/16/11 1:12am 12/16/11 1:12am

The Best Homegrown Royal Wedding Snark

Polls suggest the British are utterly indifferent to the Royal Wedding. Whether you share their disdain, seeing this scorn expressed in a country with a centuries-old tradition of well-turned insults is its own pleasure. Here, some highlights. » 4/28/11 4:23pm 4/28/11 4:23pm

Today's Royal Wedding Headline Count: Eight New Stories

As we get closer and closer to April 29, the Day of Days, Royal Wedding Mania reaches a fever pitch. Each day brings more and more "news" about Prince William and Kate Middleton, even though neither of them have done anything new or noteworthy! » 4/19/11 6:00pm 4/19/11 6:00pm

How And Why To Make Tea

To write a tea instructional is to wade into darkly tannic waters long ago claimed by giants like Orwell and Douglas Adams. That hasn't stopped Christopher Hitchens, who writes an open letter on the subject. Nor shall it stop me. » 1/06/11 3:10pm 1/06/11 3:10pm

Liking "Like:" Wherein Christopher Hitchens Discovers Valley Girls

It appears Christopher Hitchens has finally seen Clueless, because he's come up with a decades-too-late analysis — and mild condemnation — of the word "like." » 1/13/10 5:20pm 1/13/10 5:20pm

The Resilience Of Elizabeth Edwards

It doesn't include today's news that John Edwards is the father of Rielle Hunter's baby — but, in a review by Christopher Hitchens, Elizabeth Edwards's memoir Resilience sounds like a moving and enduring document. » 8/13/09 12:00pm 8/13/09 12:00pm

Samantha Bee and Colbert Report » 10/06/08 4:50pm 10/06/08 4:50pm producer Allison Silverman were awesome as per ush on a panel about Political Humor at the on Saturday. An audience member asked them a question about whether it is difficult to be a woman in comedy, and Allison responded, "Reading that Christopher Hitchens piece [about how ], I didn't…

New York Times Hard-Pressed To Name Funniest Female Novelists

New York Times » 9/16/08 3:30pm 9/16/08 3:30pm book critic David Kelly asked his fellow writers to name and he noted that not a single female author was nominated. "Where are the female nominees?" Kelly wonders. "Someone here mentioned Jane Austen, but only halfheartedly and only after I pointed out that not a single novel by a woman had been…

God Damn, America…

Welcome to the Not Fucking Long Enough weekend, readers. If you don't feel as gross as these bacon cheese glazed donuts right now, just click the page. Today's discussion topics range from waterboarding to Karl Rove to Newt Gingrich and zoos to Fox News' ingenious subtle Photoshoppery of a New York Times » 7/03/08 10:30am 7/03/08 10:30am

I'm not going to be around for the morning Crappy Hour but the big news is apparently the "subtle makeover" of Michelle Obama's image currently underway. Like everything else spurred by the (ignoble, ignorant, inane) ideological right I'm sort of out of things to say about this. Like Thomas Frank to Tom Delay today… » 6/18/08 9:45am 6/18/08 9:45am

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This But Please God Only Like 200 More…

God, where to begin today. Maybe with the fact that while your mortgage payment was tripling, Goldman Sachs's earnings fell a whole entire 11% ?? Or like, while the Justice Department was systematically sacking any and all prosecutors whose decisions on things like habeas corpus and torture and crap fell anywhere to… » 6/17/08 10:00am 6/17/08 10:00am

Bohemian Rhapsody? Not In New York.

A couple of days ago I visited some friends, all artistically-inclined, who live in a converted factory in a remote corner of Brooklyn. They have a tree house and no bathroom door and someone plays the lute. It was all very countercultural and very bohemian and Vogue would have adored it. I was reminded of this as I… » 6/13/08 3:00pm 6/13/08 3:00pm

Funny Girls

So what does Jeze-crush Lily Tomlin think about Christopher Hitchens' insistence that women can't be funny? "He's not the first to say that. There was a big fracas about Jerry Lewis doing it, too. That's been going on since the beginning of comedy. Here's one of my favorite stories from back in the early '60s, when I… » 5/06/08 12:45pm 5/06/08 12:45pm

Laura Bush Talks Myanmar, Marriage

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Vs. Irshad Manji: Which Infidel Would You Rather Have A…

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji are two pals who were born Muslim and have spent the intervening few decades critiquing the religion's legacy of bad things. They've both written bestselling books and acquired British intellectual blowhard pundit advocates — Chris Hitchens backs Ali, Andrew Sullivan is more a Manji… » 4/28/08 4:30pm 4/28/08 4:30pm

Dear Cindy McCain, We Love You Just The Way You Are Made Up

Dear Cindy, we are sorry. We did not mean to belittle your pain over being called a vagina sixteen years ago. We were just sort of distracted. Distracted by the fact that John used the word "trollop," which, in the context of a rebuttal to a subtle jab about how fucking old he was, was kind of unintentionally… » 4/08/08 10:00am 4/08/08 10:00am

50 Cent Learns About Racism, Loses Interest

Vanity Fair Celebrates Funny Girls

Just a little over a year after it published an essay in which Christopher Hitchens asserted that women aren't funny, Vanity Fair has come out with an issue acknowledging the current generation of female comedians, actresses and writers who are proving that women are actually quite hilarious. (Hitchens has a rebuttal … » 3/03/08 2:30pm 3/03/08 2:30pm