Don’t miss this. The Charlie Rose show has posted its 53-minute video about Hitchens that was broadcast last Friday. The video, which you can watch here (click on the picture of Hitch), features his friends Martin Amis, James Fenton, Salman Rushdie, and Ian McEwan. It is well worth watching.
Rose is a consummate host, asking incisive questions and then withdrawing, larding the discussion with clips of Hitchens himself. As the talk continues around the table, it’s almost as if these four friends come to new realizations about Hitchens himself.
The brief discussion of religion, staring at about 20 minutes in, is quite interesting, particularly Rushdie’s take. And there’s some intriguing speculation about why Hitchens never wrote fiction. A discussion of his use of booze and smokes begins at 33:50. Finally, at 41 minutes in, they begin a moving discussion of his illness and death—things we haven’t heard before. (McEwan gives an incredibly touching vignette at 44:03.) At 49:15, Amis says, “I saw him die,” and then describes how.
It’s a wonderful memorial, and shows what a rich life the man had.