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Hitchens Gets Tortured Again

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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JUST BREATHE Hitchens (Photo: Gasper Tringale/Vanity Fair) Christopher Hitchens has a piece in August's Vanity Fair where he undergoes waterboarding in North Carolina in order to give a firsthand account of the "not torture" torture technique. The story is both chilling and amusing. But it got us thinking: Is Hitchens now VF's official resident torture lab rat? Because certainly his firsthand account of a getting a sunga—a Brazilian bikini wax for men—qualified as the writer being subjected to a distinct form of foul play, didn't it?

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Well, we've been known to explore the fine line between beauty treatments and torture before, and we couldn't help but compare Hitchen's vaguely similar accounts of waterboarding and scrotum-waxing:

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