Martin Amis on Losing Christopher Hitchens

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Aug. 30 2012 12:40 PM

Still Talking to Hitch

Author Martin Amis on coping with the loss of his best friend Christopher Hitchens.

When Christopher Hitchens died in December, Martin Amis lost his best friend.  The British author says his immediate desolation gave way to a much greater love of life, something Amis believes Hitchens had in spades and bequeathed to him when he passed away. 

Amis recently sat down with Slate’s Jacob Weisberg to talk about what made his bond with Hitches so special and how he still carries on their dialogue in his own head. He also explains why Hitchens, for all his gifts as a writer, was never drawn to write fiction.

Amis’ reflections on Hitchens repesent the final segment from a lengthy interview with Weisberg.  You can watch the first part, where Amis discusses his latest novel.  In Part 2, he offers his assessment of Mitt Romney. And in the third segment, Amis explains why he believes pornography is changing not only sexuality but also human nature itself.

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