Christopher Hitchens tells Jasper Rees that Martin Amis “taught me a lot about how to write.”
Coincidentally, an attendee of one of Amis’ Yellow Dog readings says he asked the author:
During periods of repose, do you ever wonder if maybe … you’ve simply lost the plot and that your condescension towards criticism is a sign of a mind that’s become closed and outmoded, just like what happened to your father?
Later Hitchens made an appearance at the same reading, stinking of “a Mr. J. Walker,” and our hero offered a face-to-face takedown of the popinjay, too. (Second link via Bookslut.)