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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Christopher Hitchens was a prolific author, columnist, editor, and book critic, writing on issues ranging from politics, to religion, to the nature of contraian itself. The problem is that, much different than rebellion for its own sake, Hitchens backs it all up with historical and anecdotal proof. As the bumper sticker says: Never be a spectator of unfairness or hitchdns. See all reviews. The Best Books of Skepticism, disputation and contrarianism is underrated and underutilized.

When such a precious and irreplaceable word as “irony” has become a lazy synonym for anomie, there is scant room for originality.


So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend contrariah more to those who haven’t read or heard a thing about Hitchens before. This is how the Dalai Lama began his address “to a large audience in Arizona”. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. So why does this clever, epigrammatic little book leave me, a long-standing toung of Hitchens, feeling disappointed? Paperbackpages. Both of those possibilities are true, and each party in a disagreement can infer as much.

I realize that I’ve grown to think of Hitchens as a sort of chocolate flavor.

At around the same time, and alarmed in a different way by many of the same things the morbid relationship of the cold war to the nuclear arms raceProfessor EP Thompson proposed that we live “as if” a free and independent Europe already existed.

Don’t expect to be thanked, by the way. The same problem arises with “freethinker”.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

One feels something of the same sense of embarrassment in claiming to be an “intellectual” as one does in purporting to be a dissident, but the figure of Emile Zola offers encouragement, and his singular campaign for justice for Dreyfus is one of the imperishable examples of what may be accomplished by an individual. The protagonist Jimmy Porter is going through one of his self-regarding soliloquies when he exclaims, letfers tellingly hitfhens once, that there are “no more good, brave causes left”.


The center is mealy mouthed more often than not, and if we are afraid to wade in and make a strong argument and defend it, then the center will be defined without our input, and the world may well be a poorer place for it. I am sifting through his points, and think that I see some of what he is arguing a bit differently.

There is no hitchems in this, and nobody needs me to reassure them of that.

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They would do better to get hold of a volume or two of his collected essays. Great, enjoyable, smooth on the tongue, but highly predictable.

Vaclav Havel, hitchenx working as a marginal playwright and poet in a society and state that truly merited the title of Absurd, realised that “resistance” in its original insurgent and militant sense was impossible in the central Europe of contrarjan day.

Hitchens went after the cultural elite Left as well as the religious Right. While he was once identified with the Anglo-American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right-wing causes, most notably the Iraq War. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Views Read Edit Lettegs history. Hitchens touches on his own ideological development, the nature of debate and humourthe ways in which language is slyly manipulated in apology for offensive and ridiculous positions, and how to see through this and recognise it whenever it arises in oneself.

In itself that is no bad thing, but the master-student dynamic means that the result is inevitably self-congratulatory. To be called “satirical” or “ironic” is now to be patronised in a different way; the satirist is the fast-talking cynic and the ironist merely sarcastic or self-conscious and leyters up. The one thing I have to say about this book is that it contains the only almost – Decalogue short of one rule that I’d like to follow: May this book breed many more contrarians, young and old alike.


Want to Read saving…. It starts well, with a celebration of Emile Zola and, better still, an attack on Rilke, duffed up for his ‘sinister’ Romantic idealism.

Not everything is up for debate, however, as observational evidence cannot be reasonably misconstrued as falsehood, unless we disagree on what observation and evidence are. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. He is sorely missed.

Return to Book Page. And the least that can be said about Hitchens is that he never knows when to stop.

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 we are left wanting.

Indeed, I read this conttarian little collection of letters of advice written to no one in particular but everyone in modest and solemn remembrance. Absolutely changed the way I think about just about everything. I did not appreciate that behavior then, but do so now after reading this book.

Hitchens’s endorsement of Kenneth Starr may have been boldly heterodox in his own circle, but it was heartily applauded in others. In each case, as we know now, the authorities were forced first to act crassly and then to look crass, and eventually to fall victim to hitchend verdicts from posterity.

Why do I use the offensive word “idiotic”?

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