In this procellous season of our tempestuous culture wars, while the mindless masses of consumers fall prey to all manner of insidious schemes, to schlockmeisters hawking their kitschy mangers alongside singing Santas and plastic mistletoe, and to proselytizing televangelists soliciting donations for salvation, the silenced raillery of Christopher Hitchens' pointed invective will be a poignantly conspicuous absence for those of us who loved him.
Despite the unresponsive, taciturn nature of her beloved, she continued to pine longingly for his affection, and the more distant he grew, the more insistently did she cleave to her fantasy that one day her love would be requited, and that together they would scale the sublime peaks of romance, their lives a blissful harmony adorned with adventures like the divine fioritures of an impossibly beautiful music.
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