Some Times in America by Alexander Chancellor - review by Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Despite Those Eyelashes, He Blew It

Some Times in America


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Sometime in the mid-1970s, I went to a party in Tina Brown's rooms in Bloomsbury, and was introduced to Alexander Chancellor. I was then working for the New Statesman, correctly recollected in this book as 'the left-wing equivalent of the Spectator and, at that time, a much better and more popular magazine.'

Those words in themselves tell you how long ago this was, but I can remember my first chat with Chancellor as if it took place yesterday. To all appearances a spluttering masterpiece of self-deprecation and Wodehousean disarray, he nonetheless loosed, between spilled cocktails and scattered ashes, some random but unmistakable

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