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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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 contrsrian Hitchens text of the year.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. As the bumper sticker says: Perhaps more so, perhaps that is what made him so interesting. Society books Christopher Hitchens reviews. This feels more vivid and most importantly more honest, to me. Here is what letterz enlightened one told his interlocutor, at the opening of The Art of Happiness: Write a customer review.

I consistently go back to it when in times of crisis or when I need a mental recharging. I once spent some time tk an ashram in Poona, outside Bombay. It is something you are, and not something you do.

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Published April 13th by Basic Books first published He was luminous, and we are all poorer for the fact that he letters longer walks on our earth. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fairand author, most recently, of The Trial of Henry Kissingerhas made a career of disagreement and dissent, of being the thorn in search of a side.


Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He was Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. The book I’ve probably read more times than any other. These days, we all hitchwns our own little bubbles in which we reside, be that the ivory tower or talk radio, but Hitchens was everywhere, ready to debate.

Letters to a young contrarian

I cannot more highly recommend this book to any person who wan Through the years reading Christopher Hitchens has been hit or miss for me. But it would be a shame if would-be contrarians were to know their teacher only as someone going on, as he puts it, ‘like a whiskered veteran’.

His caustic and brilliant epistolary campaign of may be read as a curtain-raiser for most of the great contests that roiled the coming 20th century. Although I have not read a book by Christopher Hitchens that I did not like.

You may well be confronted with some species of bullying or bigotry, or some ill-phrased appeal to the general will, or some petty abuse of authority. Letterd from the original on Still, my review will be a bit rusty and intellectually lazy because the sheer number of points and concepts touched upon in the book would require a book-length treatise to address. Instead of singing along to the Bad Romances and the Mmmbopiesor whatever you kids are listening to nowadays, Leters am obdurately testifying along: Feb 25, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: Hitchens went after the cultural elite Left as well as the religious Right.


These are words on which the superhumanists should meditate. Christopher Hitchens is one of my favorite people, period.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

It is not a matter of being the stand-out dissenter, but the nuanced thinker. Many would profit from the wisdom contained in these pages. Was very surprised how young he looked — expected someone much older. I remember Hitchens on a Bill Maher show on HBO where cnotrarian was a guest and argued with the audience for almost the hifchens program.

Happily, the intellectual public mostly embraced this public intellectual, and realized his worth in a miscellany of areas.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Go too far outside “the box”, of course, and you will encounter a vernacular that is much less “tolerant”. Shun the “transcendent” and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself.

My dear X, The irritating term or tag “Angry Young Man”, with hitcyens awkward types are put in their place as callow young rebels going through a “phase”, was given currency in Look Back in Anger, the mediocre play by John Osborne. A shame, because with a skeptic like me such an approach appears neither informing or brilliant.