Methinks He Doth Protest Too Much
Hitchens indulges in Muggeridge bashing to follow up on his recent swipes at Evelyn Waugh. Hitchens is like salsa, really good on some things, terrible on others. When he’s writing on the war or some piece of sludge like Bill Clinton, his venomous rectitude in the face of immorality is, like his hero Orwell, bracing. When he’s laboring to justify his atheism, he frequently makes a fool of himself. I mention the review, however, because it combines three people I respect: Hitchens, Muggeridge, and Greg Wolfe, who lives out here in Seattle and teaches at Seattle Pacific University.