I had lunch with journalist and author Christopher Hitchens in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, this week and interviewed him over glasses of Johnny Walker Black Label downtown.
Hitchens is certainly famous, and is recognized on the street a lot more often than I am. A tall and slightly disheveled man in his fifties rudely interrupted our conversation outside the bar at one point and said “I can’t remember your name, but I recognize you from YouTube.”
“You should read more,” Hitchens said. He didn’t remind the man of his name.
“How often does this happen?” I said.
“This,” he said and smiled at the pretty young woman, “doesn’t happen nearly enough. But that,” he said and gestured to the man who recognized him from YouTube and would not go away, “happens too often.”
Totten is a “reader-funded foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus.” Read Part II on Hitchens here. In it, Hitchens recalls a scene from “Dr. Zhivago.”