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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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And it is not too much chrixtopher say that humanity is very much in debt to such people, whether it chooses to acknowledge the debt or not.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Apr 09, Chaunceton Bird rated it really liked it. 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 stern verdicts from posterity.

Paperbackpages. I remember Hitchens on a Bill Maher show on HBO where he was a guest and argued with the audience for almost the entire program. Even if we did really harbour this desire, it would fortunately be unattainable. Allegiance is a powerful force in human affairs; it will not do to treat someone as a mental serf if he is convinced that his thralldom is honorable and voluntary.

Here are a few quotes from Hitchens’ book that I’m still wrapping my mind around and letting sink in: 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.

If you care about the points of agreement and civility, then, you had better be well equipped with points of argument and combativity, because if you are not then the “centre” will be occupied and defined without your having helped to decide it. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Suspect your own motives, and all excuses.

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I could extract a handful of great quotations but generally found its subtlety muddled and the italicized foreign phrases yohng and maybe conrtarian used “tautology” too often for me to really get all psyched?

Hitchens duly breaks his word and Amis attempts to break his shins. I once spent some time in an ashram in Poona, outside Bombay. I did not appreciate that behavior then, but do so now after reading this book. One minute I was baffled, the next minute a light bulb or fire, so as not to be anachronistic went on and the cave was illuminated.

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. His is a more passionate and somewhat “biased” reply to every man-made despicable woe in life. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

How many times can “extirpate” be used too? Hitchens acknowledges the embarrassment of presenting himself as a role model and the absurdity of proffering a guide on how to be different. Feb 11, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

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I have the feeling this would be a good introduction to this fascinating character of contrarian history. Apr 28, Scott rated it really liked it. Hichens most people, most of the time, prefer to seek approval or security.

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Letters to a Young Lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Do not conrarian for others any more than you would expect them to live for you. To the first option, I’m not sure anyone will walk away fro There are two basic ways to approach this book.

The book is funny, lively, infuriating, challenging and mind-massaging by turns, and I am giving it the highest recommendation to all healthily curious and thinking persons, as well as to anyone who can’t seem to put down the vacuous vampire romances that require use of an infinitesimally small part of the brain.

The same is true of visceral patriots, and admirers of monarchy and aristocracy. Recommended to Karl-O by: For example, the whole book is an argument in favour of argument. Inspired by his students at The New School in New York City and “a challenge that was made to me in the early months of the year ,” [1] the book is addressed directly to the reader —”My Dear X” [2] —as a series of missives exploring a range of “contrarian,” radical, independent or “dissident” positions, and advocating the attitudes best suited to cultivating and hitcnens holding them.

Cover of the first edition. Who better hithens speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Out of Context and Bitchens Citation: In a phrase, they decided to live “as if”.

A nice, short primer for Christopher Hitchens.