Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant memory, but a new generation of radicals live in hope of making the world a. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.
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More than contearian, ‘Letters to a Young Contrarian’ keenly and sharply addresses the need to belong and the fear of abandonment when stepping forward against all reason of the masses. 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.
Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. View Full Version of PW. A delightful read for conntrarian who is courageous letter to question orthodoxy– not in the narcissistic, jejune, social media ad hominem way– but intelligently, supported by reason and knowledge of history. This was a really inishgtful and engaging book. What is shameful though, is holding a minority viewpoint and conceding to your detractors on that basis.
Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant and selfish. Sometimes this book lets off the impression that Hitchens is more concerned with appearing brilliant than informing his audience. He mines a vast archive of historical and intellectual precedent in making htchens case and molding it all into fontrarian observations of his own. 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.
I’m coming back around to him, but I just pretend he has no opinion on the occupation. I have the feeling this would be a good introduction to this fascinating character of contrarian history.
This section contains too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. Impervious to Amis’s foot, Hitchens attacks Bellow over Israel because, he explains, he feels obliged to defend his friend, Edward Said. Share lettres thoughts with other customers.
Letters to a Young Contrarian
Letters is a primer on How to Be Christopher Hitchens. No one is quite as good at being condescending and disagreeable and intelligent and hilarious all at once. Feb 23, Gary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.
Letters to a Young Contrarian strikes me as the kind of book that might inspire a future Hitchens to seek to surpass Hitchens’ own work in the public sphere.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I recommend this contraria for anyone, regardless of hirchens age. Bertrand Russell records in his autobiography that his Puritan grandmother “gave contraeian a Bible with her favourite texts written on the fly-leaf.
It is ironic that a man who was, essentially, a practicing and unapologetic alcoholic helped me heal from co-dependency, but there it is. He’s too smart to be unaware of the trap – ‘I shall pretend that I am a contrariian to all forms of modesty, including the false,’ he quips – but too human to avoid it.
I will keep this book close at hand to remind me that one person, even one thought made visible can make a difference despite others indifference or naysayer’s. People began to stand up at meetings and orate about how they felt, not about what or how they thought, and about who they were rather than what if anything they had hittchens or stood for. I did not appreciate that behavior then, but do so now after reading this book. And we can also not be afraid, even yo we live “as if,” to change our minds if presented with new information that requires us to.
Of course, the danger here is we make our argument incompetently and look the fool. Read reviews that mention christopher hitchens young lettegs letters to a young series of letters highly recommend mother theresa bill clinton recommend this book gore vidal emile zola status quo young poet must read read this book hitchens at his best henry kissinger thought provoking john brown mother teresa archaic and primeval.
Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
Apr 21, Sam Zeleski rated it it was amazing. In “Letters to a Young Contrarian,” the author forms an intimate bond with the reader, discussing life in the most entertaining and substantive way. Hitchens prompts this same Every once in awhile one’s brain gets a kick-start and sometimes the resulting vibration opens a stubbornly closed door.
The thing I love about Hitchens is the fact that no matter what you think about him, he has lived a full life. Every once in awhile one’s brain gets a kick-start and sometimes the resulting vibration opens a stubbornly closed door. Nov 17, Walk-Minh Allen rated it liked it.
Make no mistake, he doesn’t wastes one’s time, as chocolate also doesn’t wastes one’s time.
Letters to a young contrarian
Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. No other writer has matched Hitchens’s understanding of the importance of disagreement–to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress, to democracy itself.
Loved the phrase “the apotheosis hitvhens the ostrich.
Jul 21, Lee rated it liked it. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Letters to a Young Contrarian [ Above all, Letters to a Young Contrarian is necessary for its exploration of the role of the dissenter in a time of too much politeness. I felt like I was studying for school instead of actually enjoying what I was reading. It can be understood from them that society, like a benign family, tolerates and even admires eccentricity.
From bestselling author and hittchens 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. The problem is that, much different than rebellion for its own sake, Hitchens backs it all up with historical and anecdotal proof.