Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Christopher Hitchens offers them the wisdom of a seasoned campaigner. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.

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Letters to a Young Contrarian

View all 3 comments. Zola could be the pattern for any serious and humanistic radical, because he not only asserted the inalienable rights of the individual, but generalised his assault to encompass the vile roles played by clericalism, racial hatred, militarism and the fetishisation of “the nation”. It is something you are, and not something you do. A little disappointed, really — thought it’d be more fun. I don’t know if it’s pure snobbery or a simple disregard for his audience, but Hitchens seems to very much enjoy talking over people.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Jul 21, ,etters rated it liked it. There even exist official phrases of approbation for this tendency, of which the latest is the supposedly praiseworthy ability to “think outside the lrtters. There’s probably a lot more to this list, but that’s enough to be going on with.

While I did enjoy the theme of the work, the type of text, that being epistolary, seems very contrived at points and compeltely unnecessary. Trivia About Letters to a Youn Sinister phrases of coercion, such as contrarina in the back” or “giving ammunition to the enemy” have their origin in this dilemma and are always available to help compel unanimity. 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.


I was myself “of” this period, and have witnessed some truly marvellous moments at first hand. Letters to a Young Journalist Samuel G. It might easily be titled Hitchens’ Little Book of Big Ideas and to do it justice might require, at minimum, keeping it on your nightstand for a brush-up before bed. See, in particular, the story in which Amis takes Hitchens to see Saul Bellow and extracts a promise that he won’t start an argument with the youhg novelist.

A nice, short primer for Christopher Hitchens.

Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

There is no shame in this, and nobody needs me to reassure them of that. And it was in order to survive those years of stalemate and realpolitik that a number of important lettters evolved a strategy for survival. By the time I wrote about the book you could have read it yourself. In the late Victorian period, Oscar Wilde – master of the pose but not a mere poseur – decided to live and act “as if” moral hypocrisy were not lettes.

How many times can “extirpate” be used too? Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity.

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

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.

There is not christoper a strand of chewing gum to connect the premise to the conclusion; the speaker simply assumes what he has to prove.

Higchens brief correspondences with a hypothetical, representative student, whose responses are assumed, or left out, advise on what it is to be a contrarian. Yes, I am providing my belated, unasked-for, and pedantic tribute to the late Hitch, but this is as appropriate of a forum as any to do so, right?

To quote a few particularly pertinent and summative passages: The reason I enjoy reading Hitchens is not that he demonstrates rationally or empirically how the good life must be lived or what values are justifiable.

On the ketters into the assembly one had to be sniffed from head to toe by two agonisingly beautiful California girls dressed in flame-ochre kimonos. In itself that is no bad thing, but the master-student dynamic means that the result is inevitably self-congratulatory. Talk of Balkan atrocities in the s wasn’t exactly riveting for me — and he’s aware of a tendency to bore and addresses it, as he does all his potential faults, but still.


Don’t expect to be hitchene, by the way.


He’s too smart to be unaware of the trap – ‘I shall pretend that I am a stranger to all forms of modesty, including chrstopher false,’ he quips – but too human to avoid it. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you. The evasion of verbal conflict is a silly thing.

You seem to have grasped the point that there is something idiotic about those who believe that consensus to give the hydra-headed beast just one of its names is the highest good. It does no good to say either something is true or chrisyopher is not true.

I am christophef that my neutral face is a pissed-off face. In the deep south in the early s, Rosa Parks decided to act “as if” a hardworking black woman could sit down on a bus younf the end of the day’s labour. I knew in my bones that a truly Bad Idea had entered the discourse.

Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing ypung of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in after what he called the “tepid reaction” of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini’s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August that he remained a “Democratic Socialist.

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