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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Letters to a Young Contrarian Christopher Hitchens. Like Morrissey, it’s hard to tell what about Hitchens is real and what is adopted persona – 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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. These are words on which the superhumanists should meditate.

In both cases, the book fails. This section contains too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry.


My dear X, The irritating term or tag “Angry Young Man”, with which awkward types are put in their place as callow young rebels going through a “phase”, was given currency in Look Back in Anger, the mediocre play by John Osborne. I thought trying to solve problems with words was a good thing, but now even that makes the tender-hearted cry and plead for peace and compromise. If you have a political loyalty, you may be offered a shady reason for agreeing to a lie or half-truth that serves some short-term purpose.


And the least that can be said about Hitchens is that he never knows when to stop. Jul 21, Lee rated it liked it.

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Mar 08, Deborah Anderson rated it liked it. Our customer reviews As an Australian fifteen year-old thoroughly undernourished in terms of a commendable government I suffer under ro can only be described a demagogical anti-proletariat of a leaderLetters To a Young Contrarian was both inspiring and an analgesic to my aforementioned hardship.

Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. He too often got lost in his scotch-driven ramblings for most aa his work to be of any lasting intellectual value. The noble title of “dissident” must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement, and it has been consecrated by many exemplary men and women.

I didn’t much love his religion-related ideas, in general — found them overly concerned christopyer control, too quick to dismiss what’s been called the holy spirit I doubt Hitchens played much music.

If you have ever argued with a religious devotee, for example, you will have noticed that his self-esteem and pride are involved in the dispute and that you are asking him to give up something more than a point in argument. Other books in this series. Hitchens was a yoyng and intellectual. Talk of Balkan atrocities in the s wasn’t exactly riveting for me — and he’s aware of a tendency to bore and addresses it, as he does all his potential faults, but still.

But lost between the vague, self-serving references and the almost indiscernible pieces of advice, one is more or less forced to conclude that being a contrarian is either innate or it isn’t.

This book would be useful to anyone who wants to get involved in some field chrisopher requires strong debate or anyone who wants to get involved in almost contraeian cause, particularly more controversial ones.


Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

Archived hitcchens the original on Paperbackpages. Jan contrariqn, Jacob J. 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. Over a short span, Hitchens sounds off on a variety of topics—irony, radicalism, anarchy, socialism, solitude, faith and humor, to name a few—propelling readers through both time and space, from the Bible to Bosnia.

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.

While this does provide more breadth to the point he is making it means the argument severly lacks in depth. Christopher Hitchens was my 5-star author hero. View all 12 comments. 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. To say that Christopher Hitchens is a contrarian is like calling Napoleon a soldier.

Both of those possibilities are true, and each party in a disagreement can infer as much. With good media coverage both authors will tourDershow itz’s name and Hitchens’s prickly reputation, both books should do well. I don’t intend to finish reading this book in chriwtopher sense that it will be put aside and never read again.

The thing I love about Hitchens is the fact that no matter what you think about him, he has lived a full life. Apr contrrarian, Scott rated it really liked it. The same problem arises with “freethinker”.