(The title reminds me of Fitzgerald’s original title for The Great Gatsby: Trimalchio in West Egg). Last night Christopher Hitchens debated the dour David Berlinski in Birmingham, Alabama: the topic was “Atheism poisons everything.” A short account of the debate has already been published at Al.com. My friend Leslie Rissler, a professor at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) went to the event and sent me extensive notes: the debate was far more interesting than Al.com reports. I thought of putting her notes here, but now it looks as if the complete debate was taped by CNN and will be online soon. But I will put up two photos she took at the book signing:
Hitch, looking dapper though less hirsute than usual (is that a silk shirt?):
Hitchens is still turning out his weekly column for Slate; the latest explores why religions need to be restrained.