WHO IS REALLY A PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL?
Pauline Phillips, 94, was perhaps better known as Abigail Van Buren. Under the pseudonym, she wrote the popular “Dear Abby” advice column that first appeared in 1956. The “Dear Abby” column began at the San Francisco Chronicle after Phillips called in to the paper saying she could do a better job than the current advice . . . .
Hitchens was an author, essayist, and journalist for over forty years. He had columns in Free Inquiry, The Nation, World Affairs, Vanity Fair, and the Atlantic. He was a staple of the lecture and talk show circuits, and was voted the fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.