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A Healthy Dose of Spite

It appears that the decision of Christopher Hitchens (my favorite contrarian) to quit smoking originated here in Madison, Wisconsin:

In an interview with the Financial Times published last week, Hitchens casually announced he'd quit smoking: "I got up yesterday morning in Madison, Wisconsin, and I just threw my pack away," he said. New leaf for the new year? Turns out the interview took place last fall; he actually kicked the habit in October and has been smoke-free for three months.

How? "Fear," he told us. "I had smoked enough in my life."

Actually, we find out from his wife what his real reason was:

Why? "He wants to live," said his wife, Carol Blue. "Live to see his political enemies defeated."

THAT I can appreciate.