A Healthy Dose of Spite
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.