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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The edition of the book places this quotation, notably vested of its “At his best” qualification, on the cover. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Although Hitchens is often the star of his own books, christoper is able to put himself to one side to concentrate on the subject.

My dear X, Beware the irrational, however seductive. Don’t expect to be thanked, by the way. Exploring the entire range of “contrary positions”–fro 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.

He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. It can be understood from them that society, like a benign family, tolerates and even admires eccentricity. He therefore proposed living “as if” he were a citizen of a free society, “as if” lying and cowardice were not mandatory patriotic duties, “as if” his government had signed which it actually had the various treaties and agreements that enshrine universal human rights.

Christopher Hitchens was my 5-star author hero. He’s too smart to be unaware of the trap – ‘I shall pretend that I am a stranger to all forms of modesty, including the false,’ he quips – but too human to avoid it.


Indeed, the supply of enemies to rail against seems endless. I may one day pick it up again. In each case, as we know now, the authorities were forced first to chrisropher crassly and then to look crass, and eventually to fall victim to stern verdicts from posterity.


Basic figures there are as many budding contrarians out there as there are budding lawyers. Impervious to Amis’s foot, Hitchens attacks Bellow over Israel because, he explains, he feels obliged to defend his x, Edward Said.

Letters is a primer on How to Be Christopher Hitchens. A nice, short primer for Christopher Hitchens. The life of an oppositionist is supposed to be goung.

The noble title of “dissident” must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes contrarain and risk rather than mere disagreement, and it has been consecrated by many exemplary men and women. It is too much to expect to live in letterw age that is propitious for dissent.

I could extract a handful of great quotations but generally found its subtlety muddled and the italicized foreign phrases snotty and maybe he used “tautology” too often for me to really get all psyched?

They all, by behaving literally, acted ironically. But when I am talking, especially to someone who may very well know more than me about any given subject, I go over each sentence that may escape my lips, in my head this also depends on my blood-alcohol level.

Archived from the original on Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish.

Here is what the enlightened one told his interlocutor, at the opening of The Art of Happiness: Do not live for others any more letfers you would expect others to live for you. 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.


He was Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. 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.

And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it.

Letters to a Young Contrarian : Christopher Hitchens :

Hitchens certainly makes hitcens 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. 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.

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.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants an entertaining view of ‘radicalism’ from a self-proclaimed radical.