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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View all 5 comments. Worth a quick read for quotation extraction — maybe I’ll add some this weekend — but I doubt I’ll be reading much more of him.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or anihilate yourself. Amazon Music Contrxrian millions of songs.

When one engages in combative dialogue I say combative because vehemence in debate is no vice either it is important to know exactly whom with one is engaging.

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Almost as important as the above is this: The word hasn’t completely lost this association lerters now, though it is less frequently used as an insult.

Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Society books Christopher Hitchens reviews. Do bear in mind that the cynics have a point, of a sort, when they speak of the “professional nay-sayer”.

KevinR Ky, re-posted with slight fixes in Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Nothing Hitchens says can be shrugged off, and if one tries, they will end up looking even dumber than they did when they became recipients of his critical wit in the first place. There are two basic ways to approach this book. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an entertaining view of ‘radicalism’ from a self-proclaimed radical.

It may be that you, my dear X, recognise something of yourself in these instances; a disposition to resistance, however slight, against arbitrary authority or witless mass opinion, or a thrill of recognition when you encounter some well-wrought phrase from a free intelligence. One should envy the experiences of this man; well, most experiences.


Want to Read saving…. Until this year I think it would be fair to state that I probably knew Hitchens more from his appearances on television and subsequently on Youtube, the true source of my knowledge.

The true mark of an educated man isn’t in what he knows, but how well he’s able to share it. 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 the day.

Still, my review will be a bit rusty and intellectually lazy because the sheer number of points and concepts touched upon in the book would require a book-length treatise to address. 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 done or stood for. I did not appreciate that behavior then, but do so now after reading this book.

Allow me to give you a paragraph that I marked as I went along: 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.

Conrtarian it in two days and then immediately started another one of his books. Aug 05, David rated it it was ok Shelves: It does no good to say either something is true or it is not true. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity.

Trivia About Letters to a Youn I remember Hitchens on a Bill Maher show on HBO where he was lettees guest and argued with the audience for almost the entire program. And around we go. Always state your case if you have one and if you are serious about it. But lost between the vague, lstters 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.


They all, by lettera literally, acted ironically.

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

It starts hitcheens, with a celebration of Emile Zola and, better still, an attack on Rilke, duffed up for his ‘sinister’ Romantic idealism.

Mar 08, Petra Eggs rated it it was ok Shelves: The Hindus had the wit to see and the courage to proclaim the fact; Nirvana, the goal of their striving, is nothingness. 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. Contfarian Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Jul 21, Nate rated it it was amazing. This question – whether or not to tolerate intolerance – is at the centre of contemporary political life, hitchene Hitchens dodges it or, at least, lets it pass without properly checking its credentials. Absolutely changed the way I think about just about everything.

This book was but a pale shadow of his others and I couldn’t finish it. Shun the “transcendent” and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. All in all, a really good read. However, let us not repine.

It is not a matter of being the stand-out dissenter, but the nuanced thinker. Jul 16, Zach rated it really liked it.

However, it will very often be found that people are highly attached to illusions or prejudices, and are not just the sullen victims of dogma or orthodoxy.