Saturday, December 17, 2011


From Ian McEwan's tribute "Christopher Hitchens, Consummate Writer," in a December 16, 2011 issue (but not my paper one) of The New York Times.

It was the smile of recognition, or one that anticipates in late afternoon an “evening of shame:” — that is to say, pleasure, or, one of his favorite terms, “sodality.”

It seems like an Emily Dickinson sort of word, too.

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