For his last piece in Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens shows his appreciation for Charles Dickens and his works. Hitchens writes about the various characters in Dickens’ books, how he wasn’t exactly fond of America, but that didn’t matter because we fell in love with him, and — if it’s possible — one sentence to sum up Dickens’ writings:
‘Whatever you do—hang on to your childhood!’ He was true to this in his fashion, both in ways that delight me and in ways that do not. He loved the idea of a birthday celebration, being lavish about it, reminding people that they were once unborn and are now launched. This is bighearted, and we might all do a bit more of it.
For fans of Hitchens and Dickens, this final article is a bit of a present itself.