Christopher Hitchens loomed large as a commentator on global politics and current affairs. More a polemical raconteur than a public intellectual, he carved out a role for himself as the pundit of choice for a broad and varied audience. Hitchens won allies and followers for his stances on various (and sometimes conflicting) issues, and any book stamped with his name and features is sure to arrest the browsing eye of a broad chunk of the book-buying public. As a figure who traded on style as much as substance, Hitchens also had a more loyal following of readers who would go along with him on religion as willingly as on politics or poetry. These were readers who relish the contra-line and who identified with Hitchens’ personal brand of intellectual argy-bargy. For this audience in particular, Unhitched is an opportunity to test the grounds of their esteem against Richard Seymour’s own contra-line on the Hitch.