Barbarism is not the inheritance of our prehistory.
Here is Hitchens as dream dinner party guest, slightly sloshed, louche but animated still, a couple of buttons down on the shirt, perspiring, smiling.
His hands move as he makes his point. You have forgotten already about dessert.
This Hitchens is still alive and well on the many "Hitch-slapped" compilations put up on YouTube. A large book, to be dipped into when, as Durant said of Nietzsche, you need "a bracing wind across a courtyard after a long and stuffy service in Church".
Here is Hitchens on the Kennedy's: It's the "low-level" that twists the knife here. An Unfinished Life "a title portentous and platitudinous at the same time" by Robert Dallek, is undoubtedly the standout star of Part 1 All American, which slightly bizarrely has Hitchens, an Oxbridge educated English privileged public schoolboy and former champagne socialist, writing on historical American figures such as Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln.
Amusingly it's titled "Eclectic", presumably because the editor decided that the American reader might have little idea or care who those people were. The final review here is actually of the final Harry Potter book, where Hitchens, whilst generally kind and acknowledging that these books get young people to read, still skewers Rowling: Part 3 contains perhaps the most controversial bizarrely of all the writings "Why women aren't funny", written for an unimaginative, publicity seeking editor of Vanity Fair.
Still managing to quote an interesting Kipling poem this disappointing rushed hack piece feels authored by a less talented Hitchens ghostwriter from GQ magazine. Definitely not disappointing in this section is Hitchens on Prince Charles: To this innate absurdity, Prince Charles manages to bring fatuities that are entirely his own".
Charles, Prince of Piffle. Slate, June 14, Part 4 is Offshore Accounts.
Disraeli said in Tancred "the East is a career" and Hitchens partly took this to heart, writing extensively on politics, Islamism and Orientalism in the Middle East. It is on religion that Hitchens has shown much of his intellectual rigor and bravery.
The reader may find in his review of Orientalism and It's Discontents by Robert Irwin in The Atlantic, March a description of a certain key religious figure as "a sex-craved brigand whose preachments were either plagiarized or falsified". This reader does not quite share the same fascination with this area of the world but one of the best essays in the book is here, a review of Edward Said's Orientalism, from the Atlantic, September - a book that was de rigor to be on your bookshelf when I was an MSc student in the late s.
Hitchens is quite fair to Said, although still slices him open with his accusation of membership of the "post-Foucault academy". Part 5, Legacies of Totalitarianism, ups the intellectual and moral ante.
It is worth remembering that Hitchens was once a committed socialist, as documented in his entertaining memoir Hitch This is sobering stuff and a reminder of the madness that could be inflicted on the world again by extremism and total war.
Hitchens' quote from Sebald on the aftermath of the fire bombings of Dresden by the 'good guys' says it all: On the Natural History of Destruction by W.Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens at grupobittia.com Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.
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