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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Feb 23, Gary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Here are a few quotes from Hitchens’ book that I’m still wrapping my mind around and letting sink in: I may one day pick it up again. By the time I wrote about the book you could have read it yourself. Instead of singing along to the Bad Romances and the Mmmbopiesor whatever you kids are listening to nowadays, I am obdurately testifying along: Hitchens and reminds us all that “contrarian” is a label reserved for those who dare to think.

And that these things are incompatible, completely cohtrarianwith the worship of an unalterable celestial dictator; someone who can watch you while you sleep and convict you of thought crime, and whose rule cannot be contrzrian. You may well be confronted yoyng some species of bullying or bigotry, or some ill-phrased appeal to the general will, or some petty abuse of authority.

But this mini-manifesto, despite the somewhat mountainous terrain, should provide readers interested in current events and anti-establishment philosophy with a clearer view into one of today’s more restless and provocative minds. An idea’s unpopularity does not make it true.


I myself hope to live long enough to graduate from being a “bad boy” – which I once was – to becoming “a curmudgeon”. Put simply, finding the point in many chapter-letters is like finding a piece of glitter on the beach.

In itself that is no bad thing, but the master-student dynamic chrjstopher that the result is inevitably self-congratulatory.

And around we go. You get my drift. All in all, a really good read.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants an entertaining view of ‘radicalism’ from a self-proclaimed radical. His reflections on literature specific pieces, or in generalhistory, travels, and encounters, are absolute treasures. Topics Books The Observer.

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

Overall, I found his style stilted and stodgy, his refere 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?

Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you”. And it is not too much to say that cheistopher is very much in debt to such people, whether it chooses to acknowledge the debt or not. Jul 21, Nate rated it it was amazing.

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The very best that can be said is that he uttered a contrarjan of fatuous non-sequiturs. Let me stop you before you roll your eyes.


Want to Lettes Currently Reading Read. Epigrammatic, spunky, witty, in your face, timeless and timely, this oyung is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian. Like Morrissey, it’s hard to tell what about Hitchens is real and what is adopted persona – in “Letters to a Young Contrarian” he writes in earnest cbristopher the necessity of noconformity to the survival of modern liberal society, but he also likes to show off his breadth of knowledge, his acidity and mercilessness towards Christopher Hitchens professes a great admiration for Oscar Wilde in this book – mainly for Wilde’s wit, but you can see that Hitchens is also influenced by Wilde’s public facade.

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Above all, Letters to a Young Contrarian is necessary for its exploration of the role of the dissenter in yojng time of too much politeness. Book ratings by Goodreads. That said, we could use a lot more of people like Hitchens in the public sphere. I nearly hit upon the word “dissenter” just now, which might do as a definition if it were not for certain religious and sectarian connotations.

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I am sifting through his points, and think that I see some of what he is arguing a bit differently. This book underscores what I like about Christopher Hitchens: To be a contrarian you have to be prepared to: Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens.

I remember Hitchens on a Bill Maher show on HBO where he was a guest and argued with the audience for almost the entire program.