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 Christopher Hitchens. Mar 08, Petra Eggs rated it it was ok Shelves: This is one of those books I think everyone should read. Letters to a Young Journalist Samuel G. Indeed, the supply of enemies to rail hihchens seems endless.

Letters to a young contrarian

I find this 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’ christophher starts to glare through.

However, let us not repine. There are no discussion topics on this book confrarian. So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven’t read or chtistopher a thing about Hitchens before.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with style issues from August All articles with style issues. 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.

If you have ever argued with a religious devotee, for example, you will have noticed that his self-esteem and pride are involved in the dispute and that you are asking him to give up something more than a point in argument. Mortality was amazing, but many other works basically unaccessible to me perhaps because they are all too cerebral and the subjects fail to interest me. I have been proven wrong before, and I have changed my mind about things of which I have not been proven wrong.


Despite its short length pages I found myself constantly going back over passages this book has a ton of great quotes. As a description, it’s fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. I didn’t much love his religion-related ideas, in general — found them overly concerned with control, too quick to dismiss what’s been called the holy spirit I doubt Hitchens played much music.

More By and About This Author. Nor was I wrong. I tend not to do that, and the reason why I did is also the most enjoyable aspect of the work and Hitchens’ other writings. Even the term “iconoclast” is seldom used negatively, but rather to suggest that the breaking of images is a harmless discharge of energy. Jul 08, Hayden rated it really liked it Shelves: Letters shows Hitchens’s best and worst sides.

That is unless you trust the transcendent sapience of the Dalai Lama, whose work I was reading in parallel with Huxley’s.

Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. The same problem arises with “freethinker”. I would classify Hitchens as a writer’s writer as opposed to a reader’s writer though. Feb 11, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: But the latter term is probably the superior one, since it makes an essential point about thinking for oneself.

The “People Power” moment ofwhen whole populations brought down their absurd rulers by an exercise of arm-folding and sarcasm, had its origins partly in the Philippines inwhen the dictator Marcos called a “snap election” and the voters decided to take him seriously.

Book ratings by Goodreads. I don’t intend to finish youhg this book in the lettfrs that it will be put aside and never read again. As a species, we may by all means think ruefully about the waste and horror produced by war and other forms of rivalry and jealousy.


Letters to a Young Mathematician Ian Stewart.

I myself hope to live long enough to graduate from being a “bad boy” – which I once was – to becoming “a curmudgeon”. Books by Christopher Hitchens.

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Sinister phrases of coercion, such as “stabbing in the back” or “giving ammunition to the enemy” have their origin in this dilemma and are always available to help compel unanimity. Hitchens prompts this same thing in this wide-ranging, impeccably argued series of pseudo-epistolary treatises about what it means to be an independent thinker.

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Noam Chomsky recalls hearing of the obliteration of Hiroshima as a young man, and experiencing a need for solitude because there was nobody he felt he could talk to. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself.

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I felt like I was studying for school instead of actually enjoying what I was reading. This is my third read of this book and I really won’t be exaggerating when I say that I look forward to many future readings. Aug 05, David hitcnens it it was ok Shelves: Lists with This Book.