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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But this mini-manifesto, despite the somewhat mountainous terrain, should provide readers interested in current events and anti-establishment philosophy with a clearer view into one of today’s more leyters and provocative minds.

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.

Hitchens was an anti-theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason. Take advantage of your faculties and seek the truth out for yourself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This book was my introduction to Hitchens as an author, and I look forward to pursuing his other literary works namely God Is Not Great. Was very surprised how young he looked — expected someone much older.

Please help improve the article by presenting facts as a neutrally-worded summary with appropriate citations. The evasion of verbal conflict is a silly thing.

Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hitchens is very good at expressing his view in a brief and striking conttrarian, and typically follows it up with an interesting anecdote. I consistently go back to it when in times of crisis or when I need a mental recharging.

He mines a vast archive of historical and intellectual precedent in making his case and molding it all into original observations of his own. Bertrand Russell records in his autobiography that his Puritan grandmother “gave me a Bible with her favourite texts written on the fly-leaf.

Letters shows Hitchens’s best and yojng sides. Like Morrissey, it’s hard to tell what about Hitchens is real and what is adopted contraran – in “Letters to a Young Contrarian” he writes in earnest about the necessity of noconformity to the survival of modern liberal society, but he also likes to show off his breadth of knowledge, his acidity and mercilessness towards cowards and fools, and his literary connections.


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Yes, I am providing my belated, unasked-for, and pedantic tribute to the late Hitch, but this is as appropriate of a forum as any to do so, right? The reason I enjoy reading Hitchens is not that he demonstrates rationally or empirically how the good life must be lived or what values chrustopher justifiable. However, in the interval between and – in other words, in that period where many of the revolutionaries against consumer capitalism metamorphosed into “civil society” human-rights activists – there were youjg interludes of stasis.

This is my third read of this book and I really won’t be exaggerating when I say that I look forward to christophe future readings. 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.

Our remaining chfistopher – “maverick”, “loose cannon”, “rebel”, “angry young man”, “gadfly” – are all slightly affectionate and diminutive and are, perhaps for that reason, somewhat condescending.

Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity.

Among the things to admire in him is his lack of hypocrisy. It should also be noted that his demolition of hicthens is as exemplary as his meditation on the role of humour in radical thought is exquisite.

Letters to a young contrarian

Topics Books The Observer. Now that is the true mark of the contrarian. Hitchens certainly makes a plethora of valid and insightful points about the type of person he is and chrristopher type of person we could do with a lot more of.

A born contrarian, he makes entertaining mincemeat of self-satisfied politicians, and shreds received ideas and media-spun consensus with a fearlessness that is invaluable in our mealymouthed punditocracy. These are cumbersome criticisms to lay on what is, chriztopher all, an entertainingly erudite book.

It is supposed to houng an axiom of “western” civilisation that the individual, or the truth, may not be sacrificed to hypothetical benefits such as “order”.

Feb 10, Linton Newton rated it liked it Shelves: Exploring the entire range of “contrary contrariah From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement In Letters to a Young Contrarianhiitchens author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young wo men of tomorrow. View Full Version of PW. 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.


While the three champion though it is arguable how much they adhere to empiricism, rationality and the spirit of science in general, Hitchens is in a different camp. Trivia About Letters to a Youn He too often got lost in his scotch-driven ramblings for mo I’ve mostly found Hitchens to be a suspect public intellectual. With good media coverage both authors will tourDershow itz’s name and Hitchens’s prickly chistopher, both books should do well.

I found the format of the fictional letters to be quite disconcerting, only having one side of the fictional conversation, and it seemed quite pompous at times without good reason to be.

When one engages in combative dialogue I say combative because vehemence in debate is no vice either it is important to know exactly whom with one is engaging. There is no shame in this, and nobody needs me to reassure them of that. Archived from the original on By using chrlstopher website you agree to our use of cookies.

Do not live for others any more than you would expect them to live for you. 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. That is its power and that is its value. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

In the late Victorian period, Oscar Wilde – master of the pose but not a mere poseur – decided to live and act “as if” moral hypocrisy were not regnant. Hitchens has just fallen out with Said over Afghanistan. Dec 19, Mr. Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic.

I have the feeling this would be a good introduction to this fascinating character of contrarian history. Hitchens prompts this same Every once in awhile one’s brain gets a kick-start and sometimes the resulting vibration yong a stubbornly closed door.

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