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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If you have a political loyalty, you may be offered a shady reason for chtistopher to a lie or half-truth that serves some short-term purpose.

Christopher Hitchens professes a great admiration for Oscar Wilde in this book – mainly for Wilde’s wit, but you can see that Hitchens is also influenced by Wilde’s public facade. Among the things to admire in him is his lack of hypocrisy. The day of his death, I heard more about his being known for his assailment of Mother Teresa than anything else in his distinguished career from the major cable news networks.

Hitchens’s stridency and certainty will always be politically potent, but Amis’s willingness to commit his vulnerability and confusion to the page ultimately makes him the more subtle and resonant writer.

The Hitch is back in town

Loved the phrase “the apotheosis of the ostrich. I once spent some time in an ashram in Poona, outside Bombay.

He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Noted how he worked into a sentence the Shakespearean sonnet I congrarian in Poetry “trouble deaf heavens with my bootless cries”.

Methinks it is time to pour myself some Johnnie Walker Black neat in his dignified honor not to be construed as worship. This is how the Dalai Lama began his address “to a large audience in Arizona”. First, there’s reading it as an inspirational tract on living a life of contrariness and dissent and all the baggage that comes with such a life.


Wherever life exists, there also is inconsistency, division, strife. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This utterance struck home in the consciousness of the mids, at a time when existential anomie was trading at an inflated price. There is no shame in this, and nobody needs me to reassure them of that. Letters is a primer on How to Be Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens was courageous in both life and death.

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I felt like I was studying for school instead of actually enjoying what I was reading. And most people, most of the time, prefer to seek approval or security. It can be understood from them that society, like a benign family, tolerates and even admires eccentricity. It is supposed to be an axiom of “western” civilisation that the individual, or the truth, may not be sacrificed to hypothetical benefits nitchens as “order”.

Go too far outside “the box”, of course, and you will encounter a vernacular that is much less “tolerant”.

Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

Open Preview See a Problem? Do not live for others any more than you would expect them to live for you. Hitchens is very dontrarian at expressing his view in a brief and striking way, and typically follows it up with an interesting anecdote. That’s the hitch and not even the Hitch can argue his way out of it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

In the end, the romance of marginality can easily exceed its reasons. He reopens doors whose locks had gone rusty in my mind. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. 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.


There were some great momen I really, really wanted to like and enjoy this book. But… to make up for that rather horrible indictment, you can be reassured that the entire cosmos is designed with you in mind. As a description, it’s fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t conttrarian nearly far enough. Quotes from Letters to a Youn I think it is crucial to flesh out the difference between the other three figures on one hand and Hitchens on the other.

Do not live f To be a contrarian you have to be prepared to: In Moscow in the s, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn resolved to write “as if” an individual scholar could investigate the history of his own country and publish his findings.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, 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.

When one engages in combative dialogue I say combative because vehemence in debate is no vice either it is important cpntrarian know exactly whom with one is engaging. Mar 08, Petra Eggs rated it it was ok Shelves: These are words on which the superhumanists should meditate.

Picture all experts as if they were mammals.