One brief memory of Christopher from when I moderated a panel debate with him in 2009 (I think everyone who met or knew him called him that, not “Hitchens”):
He showed up to the panel in a rush, after most of the others arrived. I, as moderator, was relieved. I’m not sure, for all his bravado, he knew what to do with such a gaggle of evangelicals in one place (though atheists were well represented in the audience).
When I introduced myself, I told Christopher sincerely that I really appreciated his writing and that it was a pleasure to meet him. He kind of stopped, looked up at me, and was clearly both touched and surprised. As I writer (not nearly as accomplished ) myself, I thought I detected just a touch of insecurity and the need for affirmation–or not. I really wish Christopher would have found his security in Christ.