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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There are two basic ways to approach this book. He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society. And around we go. Just my contrarian opinion.

Letters to a young contrarian

There is something awry when a well-rewarded columnist for Vanity Fair speaks of being “an exile or outcast on a remote shore. Apparently meant for a younger student, nonetheless, I enjoy getting his ideas and language into my head. Exploring the entire range contrxrian “contrary positions”–fro 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.

Mar 08, Deborah Anderson rated it liked it. In both cases, the book fails. Books by Christopher Hitchens. Sometimes this book lets off the houng that Hitchens is more concerned with appearing brilliant than informing his audience. Crhistopher already have one victim of rape. Letters to a Young Contrarian Christopher Hitchens. Most noted was his case for the prosecution of Henry Kissinger for war crimes.

He can be pretentious stop quoting shit in random languages I don’t speak! Do not live f To be hjtchens contrarian you have to be prepared to: Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. I read most of this book in the span of a day. View all 12 comments. I would classify Hitchens as a writer’s writer as opposed conttarian a reader’s writer though.


Don’t expect to be thanked, by the way. This work might have been better written as a collection of short essays.

There are fringe views that deserve to be marginalized, and then there are dissenting views which need to be heeded, christophed at least considered. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. View all 4 comments. Happily, the intellectual public mostly embraced this public intellectual, and realized his worth in a miscellany of areas. 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 standout Hitchens text cnristopher the year.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Published April 13th by Basic Books first published If Letters to a Young Contrarian teaches you one thing, it is to not sit like a bump on a log and watch the world go by, hitcens a say, without a perspective and without a care.

Vaclav Havel, then working as a marginal playwright and poet in a society and state that truly merited the title of Absurd, realised that “resistance” in its original insurgent and militant sense was impossible in the central Europe of lteters day.

To say that Christopher Hitchens is a contrarian is like calling Napoleon a soldier. It might easily be titled Hitchens’ Little Book of Big Ideas and to do it justice might require, at minimum, keeping it on your nightstand for a brush-up before bed. These could be easily called unfounded by anyone who truly understands how science works let alone claim that it is the only solution to all our troubles and Hitchens doesn’t seem to have anything to say let alone care to reply.

Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

The whole thing was a racket, of course – the divine purveyor of disco philosophy had the world’s largest private collection of Rolls-Royces – but what I remember best was the morning darshan with the all-wise.

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It happened many years ago when I was a college freshman, under the tutelage of philosophy professor, Gary Boelkins, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, as I began to grasp the concepts of Plato.

Letters to a Young Actor Robert Brustein. A nice, short primer for Christopher Hitchens. Thus the reader is frequently reminded of the many stands Hitchens has made across the globe – from Chile to Czechoslovakia, from Cuba to Korea – against oppression, injustice, hypocrisy and corruption. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to too or anihilate yourself.

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Oct 13, Sam rated it it was amazing. To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. Arguably the best – and certainly the most prolific – essayist Britain has produced since George Orwell, Hitchens is much more than a stubborn oppositionist. All in all, a really good read.

Retrieved from ” https: Great, enjoyable, smooth on the tongue, but highly predictable. He is sorely missed.

Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. I loved Hitch before Iraq 2.

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Indeed, I read this magnificent little collection of letters of advice written to no one in particular but everyone in modest and solemn re Death hath wrought a pernicious dent in the erudite and intellectual world; Hitchens will not be one to be soon forgotten, nor ever replaced but emulated, definitely.

To quote a few particularly pertinent and summative passages: Let’s remember that a ‘young contrarian’ in ——the contrariian publication date——probably would have no idea about the Bosnian war in the early 90s. That is its power and that is its value. Shun the “transcendent” and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself.