Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant memory, but a new generation of radicals live in hope of making the world a. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.

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Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will suply plenty of time for silence.

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Unfortunately in this one he is not just the star, but the elevated hero, and great as Christopher Hitchens was my 5-star author hero.

Dec 10, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 19, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: The whole thing was a racket, of course – the divine purveyor of disco philosophy had the world’s largest private collection of Rolls-Royces – but what I remember best was the morning darshan with the all-wise.

Everybody devises tactics for getting through such moments; try behaving “as if” they need not be tolerated and are not inevitable. People began to stand up at meetings and orate about how they felt, not about what or how they thought, and about who they were rather than what if ckntrarian they had done or stood for. Hitchens was courageous in both life and death. To the first option, I’m not sure anyone will walk away fro There are two basic ways to approach this book.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with style issues from August All articles with style issues. The term “intellectual” was coined by those in France who believed in the guilt of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Apr 09, Chaunceton Bird rated it really liked it.

Impervious to Amis’s foot, Hitchens attacks Bellow over Israel because, he explains, he feels yokng to defend his friend, Edward Said. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish.

I really, really wanted to like and enjoy this book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I’m coming back around to him, but I just pretend he has no opinion on the occupation. Like Morrissey, it’s hard to tell what about Hitchens is real and what is adopted persona – in “Letters to a Young Contrarian” he writes in earnest about the necessity of noconformity to the survival of modern liberal society, but he also likes to show off his breadth of knowledge, his acidity and mercilessness towards cowards and fools, and his literary connections.


Hitchens acknowledges the embarrassment of presenting himself as a role model and the absurdity of proffering a guide on how to be different. I realize that I’ve grown to think of Hitchens as a sort of chocolate flavor. More By and About This Author. Society books Christopher Hitchens reviews.

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History’s least deserving Nobel Peace Prize recipient was forced to respond to Hitchens’s proposal, and that alone could have made The Trial of Henry Kissinger the standout Hitchens text of the year. There is no shame in this, and nobody needs me to reassure them younv that. I think often of my late friend Ron Ridenhour, who became briefly famous when, as a service-man in Vietnam, he exposed the evidence of the hideous massacre of the villagers at My Lai in March Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens.

A shame, because with a skeptic like me such an approach appears neither informing or brilliant. Bertrand Russell records in his autobiography that higchens Puritan grandmother “gave me a Bible with her favourite texts written on the fly-leaf. But… to make up for that rather horrible indictment, you can be reassured that the entire cosmos is designed with you in mind.

Hitchesn times, the argumentative positions seem offered up for their own sake—which the author argues is justified—and may inadvertently raise hitchejs question of how far we can define ourselves by what we are not.

You quote Hitchens too much.

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As a description, it’s fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. If Letters to a Young Youny teaches you one thing, it is letteds not sit like a bump on a log and watch the world go by, without a say, without a perspective and without a care.

This work might have been better written as a collection of short essays. However, this is not strictly an anti-religious polemic like his acerbic, if slightly inferior god is Not Great hitchen, but a multifaceted deconstruction of conventional wisdom and reverence.


However, this was by no means the guaranteed outcome, and there must have been days when the “as if” style was exceedingly hard to keep up. Hitchens prompts this same thing in this wide-ranging, impeccably argued series of pseudo-epistolary treatises about what it means to be an independent contrraian. In Letters to a Young Contrarianbestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young wo men of tomorrow.

A nice, short primer for Christopher Hitchens.

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I am told that my neutral face is a pissed-off face. This book can, and should, be read by people of all ages. Hitch was an absolutist, and a historian, and a journalist, and this made him very formidable and impressive.

Never has the world needed him more, and never has his absence hitcyens so palpable. The two star rating is then perfect here. In this sense he was almost a journalistic version of Mozart.

That is unless you contrraian the transcendent sapience of the Dalai Lama, whose work I was reading in parallel with Huxley’s. Hitchens examines the fine points of questioning all authority, whether it be statist, political party, religious, the media, and the masses; no dogma goes unchallenged. The readability and entertaining prose of this author is by far his greatest strength. So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven’t read or heard a thing about Hitchens before.

Hitchens prompts this same Every once in awhile one’s brain gets a kick-start and sometimes the resulting vibration opens a stubbornly closed door. His own powers of reason, moreover, were far less sharp than he seems to have supposed see his position on the war in Iraq.

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Instead of singing along to the Bad Romances and the Mmmbopiesor hitchena you kids are listening to nowadays, I am obdurately testifying along: Allegiance is a powerful force in human affairs; it will not do to treat someone as a mental serf if he is convinced that his thralldom is honorable and voluntary.