Christopher Hitchens honored

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The atheist Christopher Hitchens was honored this week (from Yahoo News):

Christopher Hitchens was honored at the National Magazine Awards—the Oscars of the magazine industry—on Thursday with a posthumous prize for three columns published in Vanity Fair last year.

“He’s the bravest man I’ve ever known,” Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief, said while accepting the so-called Ellie for Hitchens at a ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis. Hitchens, who died last December after a battle with cancer, “wrote with speed and accuracy” until the very end, Carter said.

Brian Williams—who served as the evening’s host—arrived late after anchoring Thursday’s “NBC Nightly News,” blaming cross-town traffic and the “poured-cement” hotel’s confusing elevator system.

New York magazine won three awards, edging the New Yorker, which won two. Time won magazine of the year. In all, 18 magazines were honored with Ellies.

“If you publish a magazine—even desktop publishing—you’re winning an award,” Williams joked. “If Cat Fancy wins for best commentary, be happy for them.”

Tim Rogers, the editor of Dallas-based D magazine, won the unofficial award for most awkward acceptance speech, saying his magazine’s Ellie (for a profile of the hacking group Anonymous) would help him in the bedroom. “Tonight, with a little bit of luck, a little red wine, I’m gonna get lucky,” Rogers said, pointing to his wife in the crowd.

Williams said he felt bad for “Mrs. D.”

“There’s a lot of pressure on her now,” the “Rock Center” host said.

Later, Williams professed his love for magazines.

“I am a lover of this tactile medium,” he said. “I get on a plane [with a magazine] and I pretend to bathe in it.”

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