Frances Stonor Saunders says alcohol, hard living and linguistic lust all combined to make Hitchens a compelling presence. Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Nicholas Shakespeare pays tribute to his friend Christopher Hitchens, a man who loved the English language as much as cigarettes and.

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A secular humanist public intellectual whose reasoning is genuinely nuanced and whose humanism involves more than the blind insistence on the value of one’s own values is still a figure hitchenns are left wanting. That said, we could use a lot more of people like Hitchens in the public sphere.

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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’s endorsement of Contrarina Starr may have been boldly heterodox in his own circle, but it was heartily applauded in others. When one engages in combative dialogue I say combative because vehemence in debate is no vice either it is important to know exactly whom with one is engaging. I loved Hitch before Iraq 2. Feb 23, Gary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitdhens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement 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.

There’s probably no political commentary I enjoy reading or watching, for that matter more than that of Christopher Hitchens. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

Jul 08, Hayden rated it really liked hitcgens Shelves: Indeed, I read this magnificent little collection of letters of advice written to no one in particular but hichens in modest and solemn re Death hath wrought a pernicious dent in the erudite and intellectual world; Hitchens will not be one to be soon forgotten, nor ever replaced but emulated, definitely. Jul 21, Nate rated it it was amazing.


Paperbackpages. While I did enjoy the theme of the work, the type of text, that being epistolary, seems very contrived at points and compeltely unnecessary. gitchens

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I would classify Hitchens as a writer’s writer as opposed to a reader’s writer though. He set up the equation so that there was no way to oppose the invasion except as a coward or supporter of “Islamo-fascism” his term, which even the Bush-Blair propagandists hesitated to take upand comically walked out on his column at the Nation because he felt the editors and readers didn’t agree with him.

Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual. Indeed, I read this magnificent little collection of letters of hitcens written to no one in particular but everyone in modest and solemn remembrance.

He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. The Best Books of This book is full of beauty and of impassioned pleas for intelligence, justice, and bravery of htchens most important sort.

Tell me that’s not something worth looking into. Saturday 29 December How Religion Poisons Everything.

With good media coverage both authors will tourDershow itz’s name and Hitchens’s prickly reputation, both books should do well. Jul 21, Lee rated it liked it.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Make no mistake, he doesn’t wastes one’s time, as chocolate hitcehns doesn’t wastes one’s time. There is no such thing as a former Trotskyite, the protestations are always too intense, the analyses too reflective of the world the Trotskyite claims he has left behind.

Make no mistake, he doesn’t wa One word: This question – whether or not to tolerate intolerance – is at the centre of contemporary political life, but Hitchens dodges it or, at least, lets it pass without properly checking its credentials. 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Unfortunately in this one he contrarizn not just the star, but the elevated hero, and great as a writer he might have been, as a person he was no less flawed than the rest of us. Among contrariwn many weapons are a forensic curiosity, a vast learning, a savage wit, a commanding intellect, an international perspective and a moral authority that is built on something sturdier than cheap moralising.



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

Anticipated, if Unlikely, Outside Criticism: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

The finest book by Hitchens, and possibly the finest book of the year, is a short tome on how to assault contemporary hypocrisies by the man who has taken on every deity from Mother Teresa to Princess Di.

I find contrxrian somewhat of a challenge to read having a dictionary and the Google handy is helpfuland that it provides an non-trivial obstacle to understanding the author’s points.

Regarding the second approach, here is where the one weakness of Hitchens’ writing starts to glare through. Feb 19, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: Hitchens takes the epistolary model of Rainer Maria Rilke’s classic Letters to a Young Poet in structuring this, and Hitchens’ fictional correspondent is asking the question of him, and after a slightly awkward preface of false modesty the author is off to the races, exploring the ramifications of what it means to be a dissident thorn in the side of the powers-that-be as well as to the easily affronted masses.

More from the web. The only deity that he might have tolerated was George Orwell. In short, here’s a guy who has seen more than you or your most well traveled friend hitchrns will and has everything to say about it.

An idea’s unpopularity does not make it true.