Christopher Hitchens: Bicurious Youth

Author had quite a few same-sex romps at prep school, Oxford
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 9:35 AM CDT
Essayist Christopher Hitchens speaks during a debate on Iraq and the foreign policies of the United States and Britain, on Sept. 14, 2005 in New York.   (AP Photo/Chad Rachman)
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(Newser) Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens is straight—twice-married, in fact—but that didn’t stop him from steamy prep school sex with his male classmates. Below, a sampling of leaked excerpts from his upcoming memoir, courtesy of Gawker and an earlier article in the Times:

  • “Most boys decided quite early on that, since their penises would evidently give them no rest at all, they would repay the favor by giving their penises no respite in return.”
  • “It was quite possible to arrange a vigorous session of mutual relief without a word being spoken, even without eye contact.”

  • “I didn’t lack for partners when it came to the everyday (well, not every day) business of sheer physical relief.”
  • “Were poems exchanged? Were there white-hot and snatched kisses? Did we sometimes pine for the holidays to end, so that (unlike everybody else) we actually yearned to be back at school? Yes, yes, and yes.”
  • “Every now and then,” at Oxford, “even though I was by then fixed on the pursuit of young women, a mild and mildly enjoyable relapse would occur and I suppose that I can ‘claim’ this of two young men who later became members of Margaret Thatcher’s government.”

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