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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Allow me to give you a paragraph that I marked as I went along: The house is launching the new Art of Mentoring series with a 75,copy first printing of both books. I really, really wanted to like and enjoy this book. Cover of the first edition. 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.

You are greatly missed my dear Sir! Was very surprised how young he looked — expected someone much older. Everybody devises tactics for getting through such moments; try behaving “as if” they need not be tolerated and are not inevitable.

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One should envy the experiences of this man; well, most experiences. Rocks may very well be experiencing Nirvana.

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. 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.


To say that Christopher Hitchens is a contrarian is like calling Napoleon a soldier. Read more Read less.

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Books by Christopher Hitchens. I recommend this book for anyone, regardless of their age.

An idea’s unpopularity does not make it true. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Methinks it is time to pour myself some Johnnie Walker Black neat in his dignified honor not to be construed as worship.

Some of the advice that Hitchens gives his mock student may seem a little cliche in parts, but even there he hjtchens it in such a witty and honest way as to still make it insightful. The same is true of visceral patriots, and admirers of monarchy and aristocracy. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses.

Letters to a young contrarian

Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish.

If Letters to a Young Contrarian teaches you one thing, it is to not sit hotchens a bump on cntrarian log and watch the world go by, jitchens a say, without a perspective contragian without a care.

He was luminous, and we are all poorer for the fact that he no longer walks on our earth. A proper contrarian wouldn’t unconditionally applaud his exhortations. View all 5 comments. To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. A born contrarian, he makes entertaining mincemeat of self-satisfied politicians, and shreds received ideas and media-spun consensus with a fearlessness that is invaluable in our mealymouthed punditocracy.


Indeed, I read this magnificent little collection of letters of advice written to no one in particular but everyone in modest and solemn remembrance.

This can be as simple a thing as mentioning a name or a list of them nobody has heard of without an appropriate explanation, or an entire political upheaval which he was privy to but about which the rest of us are completely clueless. Out of Context and Incorrect Citation: Hitchens is unable to keep his own obnoxiousness from ruining what could have been a decent book.

Dec 30, Todd Martin rated it liked it. A little disappointed, cotnrarian — thought it’d be more fun. Here is what the enlightened one told his interlocutor, at the opening of The Art of Happiness: That is unless you trust the transcendent sapience of the Dalai Lama, whose work I was reading in parallel with Huxley’s.