So I got the ok to write about Christopher Hitchens. I sent him a sort of pleading e-mail and he was very nice about the whole thing. Now I'm trying to craft a piece about our evening, except I haven't written in the first person in years. On my first draft I think maybe I ended up going a little overboard with the inner mono-log. I've got to pitch it to the Observer by the end of this week, so it looks like more late nights ahead.