“…It is hard to love common sense. And the salient fact about Christopher is that he is loved. What we love is fertile instability; what we love is the agitation of the unexpected. And Christopher always comes, as they say, from left field. He is not a plain speaker. He is not, I repeat, a plain man.”
The whole article from this weekend’s Observer is worth reading, if you have ten minutes: click here for it. There’s also this quite enjoyable rose-tinted piece from the Times in 2009, in which Hitchens, Amis and Candia McWilliams all marvel at how wonderful Oxford was in their time.