Essayist, contrarion, and hero of this blog, Christopher Hitchens, is dead from cancer at 62.

A full response to come once the immediate grief subsides.

Did you ever have “that guy” in high school who, when talking to you, was totally nice and seemed to get a bad rap from everybody, but then about a week later you realized that he was throwing your name around in poor manner too? Do you remember hating yourself for ever trusting that guy?

Imagine if that happened in politics.

Shoegazing has been on an unexpected hiatus due to the weather and my work. Expect new posts soon. For now, let Noel do the talking on hot summer nights.