A couple of commenters have requested less post-mortem commentary on Christopher Hitchens and more on Vaclav Havel. Don’t know what to say about Vaclav Havel beyond that he was mostly pretty great (ill-considered support for the Iraq war: obviously not so great), but if people want to talk about him, here’s your thread. But also – Russell Hoban. His death won’t nearly get as much attention as Hitchens’. Still, I’d bet good money that Riddley Walker and The Mouse and His Child will still be read when Hitchens is a Cyril Connolly-esque footnote in cultural histories of the late twentieth century.