Good evening, everyone,

Reality has sunk in at last. We really must say goodbye to Christopher Hitchens because Graydon Carter has lifted a jigger to, and toasted, the man in his Letter to the Editor in the February issue of Vanity Fair.

The magazine also includes Hitchens’ last article for the rag, entitled Charles Dickens’s Inner Child. I bought it today. It sits on my bed. So far I have refused to dive in. For once I do, I’ll be compelled to read it. And then ultimately I’ll finish the article. And then there really won’t be any more Christopher Hitchens to read every month and I hate contemplating that state of affairs.

There will never be another one like him. There will be someone else, that’s for sure…but not another like Hitchens. Few people have brains that big.