God Is Not Great

I’d never read anything by Christopher Hitchens before, mainly because somebody had once written that he was the basis for the drunken journalist in Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities,and that character was more than a little off-putting. Well, culpa mea. Because he can really write. Expecting a somewhat heavy read, I went through this …

The Cruel Sea

There’s a type of writer I think of as belonging to the Collar and Tie Brigade.* Their writing is clean and clear, grammatically perfect, and devoid of stylistic flourishes. (No Gerald Kersh or Harlan Ellison.) They have a story to tell and they tell it, as simply and directly as they can. Examples would include …