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The people who must never have power are the humorless To impossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity Christopher Hitchens Arguably Selected EssaysIt is hard to n

“The people who must never have power are the humorless. To impossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity.” ― Christopher Hitchens, Arguably: Selected EssaysIt is hard to not love Hitchens. Or hate him. God I miss him. He was one of those journalists and public intellectuals (yes, that is a tired phrase) that constantly made me feel I needed to up my game a bit. I would read a (no I will NOT use an) Hitchens article in Vanity Fair or Slate or about anywhere and realize that I hadn't read enough, thought enough, and certainly not crafted my thoughts well enough. Tail between my legs I would strive to do better. I didn't always agree with Hitchens, but reading him was like watching a master be masterly.A lot of these essays I've read before on the internet or in some glossy magazine profile. I was always amazed at the voracity of his appetite. He consumed books. He fed on ideas. He was a humanist at the very highest level of human. I don't mean that to sound like I'm worshiping him or unglued. He had his faults. Many of them. But his biases and bigotries were informed by his love of people and ideas. Often those who thought they were on his side would find him pounding at their door asking for an explanation or exposing their hypocrisy. He would attack sacred cows (Mother Theresa ... see what I did there?), pull down idols (Bill Clinton) and defend his sacred (free speech, life, liberty) with the savagery of a wild beast. He reminded me of some weird love child of George Orwell (doesn't every English public school educated journalist want to BE George Orwell's love child?) and Graham Greene. He was Orwell in his defense of the defenseless. He was Greene in his need to get out into the mix, the mess of the word/world and figure this shit out. What does this mean? How does this work? Why is this happening? These are questions that left no one safe. Not even friends (Martin Amis). And GODS help his enemies (Insert religous dogmatist here). Reading this selection of his later essays was like walking through a neighborhood I frequented a lot in my thirties. He was a major voice of my growing up. I would read Christopher Hitchens and Andrew Sullivan and wonder why we couldn't breed the same here in the US. I would watch him debate someone on YouTube and be amazed at how well he could do completely drunk. I miss the lush. I miss the brain. I miss Hitch.Popular Arguably: Selected Essays Creat Christopher Hitchens am Kindle The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and thThe first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J.G Ballard from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti Semitism and jihad Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture, and how the latter prompts the former In this fashion, Arguably burnishes Christopher Hitchens credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language.. Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English born American author, journalist and literary critic He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best selling books the most famous being God Is Not Great made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual While he was once identified with the Anglo American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right wing causes, most notably the Iraq War Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the tepid reaction of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a Democratic Socialist The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called fascism with an Islamic face He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.Hitchens was an anti theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason enpedia wiki Christop. The best Book Arguably: Selected Essays OK, so if (like me) you start this collection with the notion that there was something iffy about this Hitchens bloke -- I mean how can one dude's stuff be everywhere you look, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Atlantic, all over the damned internet -- and he had that whole British obnoxiousness down to a T, and if you're predisposed to find a reason to dislike him, let me point you to the one demonstrably brain-dead essay of the hundred or so in this collection. It's on page 389, it's called "Why Women Aren't Funny", it's as stupid as it sounds, and it makes Hitchens seem like a complete tool. Upon reading it, you may be tempted to engage in a little confirmation bias, remembering a certain perceived shrillness in his contribution to the whole God debate thing. And wasn't he the guy who trashed Mother Theresa?Slow down there. Time for a reality check. A few salient facts:1) Mother Theresa undoubtedly had it coming (just ask Sinead O' Connor).2) That dumb "Why Women Aren't Funny" is the ONLY DUD ESSAY IN THIS BOOK. Which means that Hitchens is batting over 99% here. Think about that for a while. When was the last time you came across a nonfiction collection with those kinds of numbers?3) Yes, he can be scathing. But, to an impressive degree, it's only when provoked.4) A defining feature of these essays, particularly those dealing with other authors, is their generosity of spirit. Frankly, this surprised me a good deal, because it didn't square with my preconceived notion of Hitchens as a kind of super-erudite arrogant asshole. He is indeed super-erudite. He can be a contrarian - it's a position he obviously enjoys. But he is not a jerk; quite the opposite, on the basis of these essays, at any rate.5) A major part of the considerable appeal of this collection is just the fun in seeing such an intelligent mind at work. I recycled that sentence from my review of Zadie Smith's essay collection, but it's true a fortiori in Hitchens's case.Among these essays, my clear favorites are those in which Hitchens discusses the work of other writers. There are about 30 of these, focusing primarily on English authors (though Flaubert, Marx, and Stieg Larsson make an appearance, as do Updike, Nabokov, Bellow, Twain, and Upton Sinclair). These essays benefit not only from Hitchens's apparently boundless erudition (lightly worn), but from his obvious desire always to educate the reader about the best qualities of the work under discussion. His introduction to Rebecca West's "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon" is simply astonishing. I cannot imagine a better introduction being written. To anything. Ever. Unless there's divine or demonic intervention. Maybe not even then. At the time, I didn't pay all that much attention to Hitchen's death. Reading these essays has made me understand that it is a considerable loss. He will be greatly missed.
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    Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English born American author, journalist and literary critic He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best selling books the most famous being God Is Not Great made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual While he was once identified with the Anglo American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right wing causes, most notably the Iraq War Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the tepid reaction of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini s issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a Democratic Socialist The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called fascism with an Islamic face He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.Hitchens was an anti theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason enpedia wiki Christop

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  • OK, so if like me you start this collection with the notion that there was something iffy about this Hitchens bloke I mean how can one dude s stuff be everywhere you look, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Atlantic, all over the damned internet and he had that whole British obnoxiousness down to a T, and if you re predisposed to find a reason to dislike him, let me point you to the one demonstrably brain dead essay of the hundred or so in this collection It s on page 389, it s called Why Women Aren t Fu [...]


  • Barbarism is not the inheritance of our prehistory It is the companion that dogs our every step Alain Finkielkraut, quoted in Hitchens Introduction Christopher Hitchens in 20074 1 2 starsBackgroundChristopher Hitchens doesn t need much of an introduction Just a few words here, condensed from the following Wiki articles Hitchens, Political views and New Atheism.He was born in England in 1949, died in the U.S in 2011 Educated at Oxford, he moved to the United States in 1981, as part of an editor e [...]


  • The people who must never have power are the humorless To impossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity Christopher Hitchens, Arguably Selected EssaysIt is hard to not love Hitchens Or hate him God I miss him He was one of those journalists and public intellectuals yes, that is a tired phrase that constantly made me feel I needed to up my game a bit I would read a no I will NOT use an Hitchens article in Vanity Fair or Slate or about anywhere and realize that I hadn t read [...]


  • A Provocative Chest of TreasuresWhat Is As American as Apple Pie answer is be low updtd 5 4 17 This is the cynosure of all essay collections It s too bad that most of my friends will likely skip this review in its entirety basing this guess on 17 likes in a couple of years and two improvements updates.In any case, I cannot find the right words to describe how much I love this book I go back to it often to sharpen my thinking and writing and arguing skills His wit was nearly as brilliantly mordan [...]


  • Arguably is great but it is not of the god is Not Great genre it s a choice selection of Christopher Hitchens own essays, and of a vaster scope than the global fallout from religion that the god title focuses on Although, a reader hungering for a Hitchens style treatment of atheism in essay form can be repeatedly sated by his introduction to the Portable Atheist It is riveting in just the same way, however, and the temptation to adopt Hitchens lucid opinions as my own is also similar Arguably co [...]


  • GAH I can t look away from this cover that provided My copy of Arguably is plain, blinding yellow, which sometimes gives me a headache but at least it doesn t stare into my soul I feel sorry for anyone who actually owns a copy with this particular cover of doom on it Before his death, I had a vague awareness of Christopher Hitchens, having read some of his contributions to Vanity Fair, but he never struck me as someone I should be paying close attention to until after he had died and I was readi [...]


  • A supersize blimp of prime Hitch All the pieces in here are charged with an intellectual and polemical heft unlike what pours from most men s brains The opening batch All American contains the infamous Vidal Loco , a scathing and accurate takedown of the former master s lapse into rambling crank The literary essays in Eclectic Affinities favour the British canon for their focus, however, the superlative takes on Rebecca West and Dickens make up for this clannishness The finest polemical and poli [...]


  • IntroductionAll American Gods of Our Fathers The United States of Enlightenment The Private Jefferson Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates Benjamin Franklin Free and Easy John Brown The Man Who Ended Slavery Abraham Lincoln Misery s Child Mark Twain American Radical Upton Sinclair A Capitalist Primer JFK In Sickness and by Stealth Saul Bellow The Great Assimilator Vladimir Nabokov Hurricane Lolita John Updike, Part One No Way John Updike, Part Two Mr Geniality Vidal Loco America the Banana Republ [...]



  • Hitchens, famously an atheist, famously a leftist accused of being reactionary, famously a man who writes, drank, and smoked nearly non stop, famously a man now living on borrowed time with an incurable cancer stalking his days, is nobody s fool, except, like the rest of us, perhaps his own This elephantine book, some 750 pages, the size of a Collected Essays, is just his most recent output Some essays were written and first published at the very end of the 90s but the vast majority of essays ar [...]


  • Let me begin my saying that I m in love with Christopher Hitchens brain, and have been so since reading Hitch 22 and God is not great So when I was in Bolen Books yesterday evening, perusing the new books that appear on the Man Booker Prize short list and the Giller Prize long list plenty of tasty reading to come, there, as well , and I was arrested by Mr Hitchens stern demeanor Needless to say, 40 disappeared from my bank account then and there for the work of this logophilic writer.I dove into [...]


  • Reading this book was like having a conversation with an insanely well read, well traveled, and well spoken friend Some of the essays I d already read when they were first published, but many were new to me.There were some definite serendipities, such as a run of essays on authors I too like very much Waugh, Greene, Powell, Wodehouse, Nabokov , and some discussions that made me want to rush out and look again at others I ve only started the Flashman series, and he kept bringing it up The politic [...]


  • This book, my first of his, will stay with me for my remaining years Be warned, this report may be lengthy I tend to enjoy intelligent essays on topics with which I ve wrestled with my limited knowledge and far inferior intellect , especially when they are not aligned with my own It may be the scientist in me that seeks out alternative views from my own hopefully at least, I m addressing my biases and I knew that Hitch held at least one for me his support of the US war in Iraq Of course I knew h [...]


  • Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Upton Sinclair, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Hilary Mantel, Charles Dickens, Edmund Burke, Rebecca West, George Orwell, Jessica Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, Isabel Allende, Anthony Powell, Stieg Larsson just to name a few of the authors whose work Hitchens reviews and discusses in this collection Like Larsson, Hitchens is a feminist Who would ve thunk it He doesn t say so, but it is all there, between the lines Boy was this man well read As you can probably tell from m [...]


  • Arguably, Christopher Hitchens last book to be published before his death from esophageal cancer in December 2011, is largely a collection of book reviews written for Vanity Fair, Slate, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Statesman, The Wilson Quarterly, and sundry newspapers here and in Britain Most were written in the preceding ten years.In its entirety, the book is a massive tribute to Hitchens eclectic erudition The collection is a feast of brilliant, impassioned argument for anyone who [...]


  • A line appearing somewhere near the midpoint of this collection of essays is revealing Stay with me I ve been doing the hard thinking for you Christopher Hitchens does a lot of hard thinking apparently keep up if you can This may suggest that considerable ego is involved, and given the author s reputation you can be sure that it is, but on display too is considerable erudition.The book is composed of six sections roughly dividing the essays on theme Most important for an understanding of the sou [...]


  • From deadly serious discussion of political martyrdom and suicide bombers to blowjobs I honestly cannot think of another single non fiction book I ve encountered in all my days that contains such a range of sacred and profane, triviality and gravity as one human mind often does The full scale electronic edition is almost as infuriating as Hitchens views on Iraq it s 750 pages of unindexed text, and the table of contents is impossible to scroll Or that might just be my Kindle Touch Whilst a reaso [...]


  • Ever the contrarian, the late Hitchens was a member of that rare, dying breed of journalists public intellectuals that managed to elicit some very strong reactions from all sides of the political spectrum Especially in the later phases of his career, he regularly sought out and indeed, relished battle with whichever group that displeased him, liberals and conservatives alike Everyone, or so it seemed, was at risk of being subjected to his savage criticisms at some point Indeed many did, even est [...]


  • Giant collection of Hitchens essays separated by category Originally they appeared in many places, but chiefly Slate, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and other high toned, high paying markets This was my first exposure to Hitchens Top rate mind on this guy, and a loss on the contemporary scene with his recent death Lots of repeating tropes, such as the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalism, George Orwell and specifically 1984, mentioned umpteen times , history, nationalism, politics, etc The man read a [...]


  • Brilliant, just brilliant Hitchens writes with such clarity, force and humour There are about 100 essays in this compilation, mostly from the decade just before he died, and about half are book reviews So it didn t take a year read, thanks to some time off in NZ, but I did have to read the essays twice at least to allow full absorption by my tiny brain The range of topics is simply amazing, and I can do little than simply list some of the memorable ones so I don t forget The books he reviews m [...]


  • This book, arguably, is just right for the Kindle, in that it has very few typographical oddities the footnotes can be counted on one hand , and weighs nearly as much as my computer However, I carried it around for weeks, and feel that I ve accomplished something.All of these articles have appeared in print or online and many, if not most, are still available there , so some tend to be topical than others Considering he writes a column for Slate once a week, it must have been hard to decide whi [...]


  • Funny how in a book you didn t particularly enjoy reading I ll explain you find a super quote, so perfect that you become obsessed with for days in a row Check it out A point, like a joke, is a terrible thing to miss I was so enthusiastic with this point of view discovered in the first pages of this enormous book that I kept reading for a while before acknowledging that it s pointless to continue in a systematic manner and I began browsing and skipping.The journalist s work is condemned to trans [...]


  • I m redundant in writing this My love for Hitchens is redundant by now This tome of I have no idea how many essays of his, published in Vanity Fair, New Statesman and other magazines is a very good collection of maybe his finest journalistic pieces To be fair, it s pretty useless to read it in one sitting The ammount of references and crossings of a miriad of ideas plucked out of a million other different works is astonishing, and I wonder if Hitchens just has a super human memory or a very well [...]


  • Book of the WeekBlurbs Christopher Hitchens is a British born political journalist and reviewer, who has been based in the USA for over 25 years he is now a US citizen His journalism, invariably polemical, has appeared in a variety of publications, mainly in the USA, but in the UK too Arguably is the fifth collection of his journalism the columns defined as Essays in the book.Written by Christopher Hitchens Abridged by Pete Nichols Read by Roger Allam Producer Gordon House A Sweet Talk Productio [...]


  • This is a delightful book, a wide sampling of Hitchens thought Although he is most renowned for his antitheism and fierce condemnation of all organized religion, he reveals himself to be a very entertaining and extremely well read thinker.Comes in a bit short at a page shy of 750 I d love to talk with this man, fiery and funny as he may be.


  • I read the first quarter of this book, and, despite finding it very well written, I don t think so many people would have bought it had it been written by someone other than Hitchens Hitchens work has spawned a particularly rabid pedigree of fans who will happily devour anything he offers, regardless of topic I, not being a fan, was disappointed to find that the first half of this tome consisted mostly of one book review after another, and it often being unclear even as to what book Hitchens was [...]


  • Yes, there are positions taken that will piss you off, no matter who you are or what your beliefs may be But we are so seldom challenged these days because it is so easy to read, watch, listen to and Facebook friend only those who have the same opinions we do Hitchens is bound to have some opinions you don t like, whether it s his strong support for the invasion of Iraq or his distaste for organized religion Plus you know that he s smarter than you are, which is always annoying But what took me [...]



  • I don t think I ve read any Hitchens before I knew who he was, sort of, but really I had no idea Well read, intellectual and articulate don t even come close he was beyond each of those He was astonishingly clever and he knew it but how could he not He was arrogant and polemic, but justifiably so I don t agree with all his opinions, but his logic and his writing are just so bloody impressive I want to read of his stuff I want to meet him and have dinner with him and just sit there and listen to [...]


  • Ah, these politically polarized days we live in We are constantly fed the idea that we must accept one of two predigested slates of beliefs If you re a conservative , you must be pro gun rights and anti abortion If you re liberal , you must be critical of Christianity, but culturally sensitive enough to be tolerant of the worst excesses of Islam No matter that the belief system you ve been handed is often internally inconsistent Just believe No thought required Pick up one of these signs we ve p [...]


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