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 by Christopher Hitchens

This book explores the entire range of “contrary positions”-from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt. As well as countless insights.

The finest book by Hitchens, and possibly the finest book of the year, is a short tome on how to assault contemporary hypocrisies by the man who has taken on every deity from Mother Teresa to Princess Di. I may one day pick lettegs up again. However, this was by no means the guaranteed outcome, and there must have been days when the “as if” style was exceedingly hard to keep up.

Despite its short length pages I found myself constantly going back over passages this book has a ton of great quotes. Everybody devises tactics for getting through such moments; try behaving “as if” they need not be tolerated and are not inevitable. To be a contrarian you have to be prepared to: 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 considerable interludes of stasis.

Mortality was amazing, but many other works basically unaccessible to me perhaps because they are all too cerebral and the subjects t to interest me. This is one of those books I think everyone should read.


Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual. Here, the key words are “fanatic”, “troublemaker”, “misfit” or “malcontent”. Although Hitchens is often the star of his own books, he is able to put himself to one side to concentrate on the subject. Hitchhens compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. It is curious to see how Hitchens ended up being with Harris, Dawkins and Dennett in one camp, at least in the public imagination.

At around the same time, and alarmed in a different way by many of the same things the morbid relationship of the cold letyers to the nuclear arms raceProfessor EP Thompson proposed that we live “as if” a free and independent Europe already existed. In the end, the romance of marginality can easily exceed its reasons. Jul 16, Zach rated it really liked it.

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.

By the time I wrote about the book you could have read it yourself. However, let us not repine. 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.

He can be pretentious stop quoting shit in random languages I don’t speak! His caustic and brilliant epistolary campaign of may be read as a curtain-raiser for most of the great contests that roiled the coming 20th century. 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.


Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

Hitchens and reminds us all that “contrarian” is a label reserved for those who dare to think. 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. Skepticism, disputation and contrarianism is underrated and underutilized. 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.

In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast.

Letters to a young contrarian

I don’t know if it’s pure snobbery or a simple lettres for his audience, but Hitchens seems to very much enjoy talking over people. X, the student, i. Meanwhile, the ceaseless requirements of the entertainment industry also threaten to deprive us of other forms of critical style, and of the means of appreciating them.