Christopher Hitchens continues to be cool

The latest in a growing list of reasons? He partied with Hunter S. Thompson:

In his introduction to "Ancient Gonzo Wisdom," a collection of Thompson interviews due out in July, Hitchens, who covered a summit between Margaret Thatcher and George H.W. Bush, says he was denied a double gin at a cocktail party at the top of the slopes because it would be twice as strong at such a high altitude. So he hightailed it to Aspen's Owl Farm, where he met Thompson, who was just getting up. "Refreshments of all sorts were available without any references to health-impact considerations, as were numerous stimulants and analgesics," the razor-tongued "God Is Not Great" author recalls. "At some point, towards the advent of the rosy-colored dawn, it seemed important to go outside, set up some bottles and cans, and blast them into shards with high-velocity rifles. This may also have had something to do with reminding the Aspen sheriff's department to keep its distance."

Undoubtedly, HST is way cooler (and crazier) than Hitch. But Christopher gets full points for cool-by-association here.