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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Hitchens is constitutionally incapable of writing average sentences and there’s more than enough signature flair and provocative ideas to please fans.

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They all, by behaving literally, acted ironically. So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven’t read or heard a thing about Hitchens before. There were some great moments though, when Hitchens made a lot of sense and I felt like he had gotten into his stride of actually imparting advice to the young contrarian.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. How Religion Poisons Everything. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I miss Christopher Hitchens.

Within a few years, millions of young people had forsaken the absurd in order to engage hittchens such causes as civil rights, the struggle against thermonuclear statism, and the ending of an unjust war in Indochina. Nobody in the supposedly affluent and disillusioned 50s had seen any of this coming; I am quite certain that there will be future opportunities for people of high ideals, or of any ideals at all.


Letters to a young contrarian

Loved the phrase “the apotheosis of the ostrich. We all can learn a little something from it. The readability and entertaining prose of this author is by far letyers greatest strength. The house is launching the new Art of Mentoring series with a 75,copy first printing of both books. While he is not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s pretty hard to find a reasoned argument against his positions that sticks.

However, this is not strictly an anti-religious polemic like his acerbic, if slightly inferior god is Not Greatbut a multifaceted deconstruction of conventional wisdom and reverence. Refresh and try again. Hitchens certainly makes a plethora of valid and insightful points about the type of person he is and the type of person we could do with a lot more of.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you. Essays by Christopher Hitchens. He called this tactic the “power of the powerless” because, even when disagreement is almost forbidden, a state that insists on actually compelling assent can be relatively easily made to look stupid.

Review “[Hitchens] is, first and last, a writer, an always exciting, often exacting, furious polemicist. It does no good to say either something is true or it is not true. This book was but a pale shadow of his others and I couldn’t finish it. Trivia About Letters to a Youn Archived from the original on In Moscow in the s, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn resolved to write “as if” an individual scholar could investigate the history contraian his own country and publish his findings.


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However, this can’t alter the fact that in life we make progress by conflict and in mental life by argument and disputation. Don’t be fooled by the title. There are fringe views that deserve to be marginalized, and then there are dissenting views which need to be heeded, or at least considered. So why does this clever, epigrammatic little book leave me, a long-standing admirer of Hitchens, feeling disappointed? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

This book would be useful to anyone who wants to get involved in some field that requires strong debate or anyone who wants to get involved in almost any cause, particularly more controversial ones. While I did enjoy the theme of the work, the type of text, that being epistolary, seems very contrived at points and compeltely unnecessary. Thinking may cause discomfort, or unease, even unhappiness but that is no excuse to eschew it in favor of becoming a breathing inanimate object.

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