Graydon Carter, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Sean Penn were all part of today's celebration in honoring one of the sharpest minds and eloquent writers of a generation. Yeah, we know, Sean Penn right? Here's the program:
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As you can tell, we aren't at the Great Hall of Cooper Union. For those in the same boat as us, Vanity Fair did all us a favor and posted its Alex Gibney-directed Christopher Hitchens tribute video (which was shown to attendees) on its site. It's not embeddable at the moment, so click here if you'd like to see it.
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Luckily we did send in one correspondent, who snapped cell phone pics of the program:
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And yes, one Sean Penn:
New York Magazine, did a step better and sent writers Joe Hagan and Gabriel Sherman to live-tweet the event. From their tweets and the program, it looks like the ceremony was a mix of anecdotes and notables reading Hitchens' works. We picked out some of the more memorable one-liners:
"Real monsters like Robert Macnamara and Henry Kissinger...but hey, forget it. Forget it of you can." Penn reading Hitch. #hitchensmemorial— Joe Hagan (@joehagansays) April 20, 2012
Hitch and Amis once took booze into a Wesley Snipes film.#hitchensmemorial— Joe Hagan (@joehagansays) April 20, 2012
Graydon closes by saying "As Christopher would say, may you all thrive."#hitchensmemorial— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) April 20, 2012
Stephen Fry on Hitchens's dislike of cricket and opera. To Hitch, it was torture. "Even Saddam wouldn't go that far."#hitchensmemorial— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) April 20, 2012
For Sherman and Hagan's full play-by-play head on over to Daily Intel. And if you want to read Hitchens in his own words, check his Atlantic archive.