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However begin to drift from the left in the early 1990s partly because of what he thought was the tepid reaction of the Western left to the Salmon RushdieSatanic Verses affair It is this affair in which Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie which enraged Hitchens and of course so many others His ties with the American left were further strained in the 1990s because of the Left s love affair with Bill Clinton whom Hitchens for reasons that I m not familiar with apparently disliked intensely See No One Left To Lie To if ou re interested When Hitchens eventually broke with the American Left he didn t simply align with the Right He didn t care for the mainstream American political actors supported Ralph Nader in 2000 Bush vs Gore was basically neutral in 2004 Bush vs Kerry and thought Obama preferable to McCain in 2008 McCain he saw as senile and Palin as a pathological liar By this time he had stopped calling himself a socialist believing that the socialists had no economic answers any but continued to insist enigmatically that he was still a Marxist He supported globalization and was seen by some as having adopted many neoconservative views Always an anti authoritarian good he never admitted the vast problems with globalization and today s super capitalism bad view spoilerHe also seems to have been totally unaware of environmental problems which in the next several decades may entirely overwhelm the dangers which he thought would be the great challenges we would face in the 21st century hide spoiler Best best best book of the The Lego Architect yearA review to follow probably nextear GAH I can t look away from this cover that Goodreads provided My copy of Arguably is plain blinding A Grammar of Kham 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 reading some of his most memorable uotes online Click the link and read 11 It changed my entire perception of Hitchens and made me respect him so much I was raised Catholic andou simply do not criticize Mother friggin Teresa It just does not compute for us But the thing is he was absolutely right After I read that I decided that I had to read of Hitchens stuff The essays in this group are divided into sections first are a series of book reviews which are less about the books in uestion and critical essays on the various dead British men who are the subjects then a bunch of straightforward worshipful essays on mostly dead British male authors a bit entitled Amusements Annoyances and Disappointments which had I been in charge of this collection would have been titled Hitchens Bitchin tip L Amour Fou de Dieu your waitressesou ve been great foreign policy essays dealing mostly with the Middle East Legacies of Totalitarianism and finally a series of brief little essays on a wide range of subjects including a history of the King James Bible a discussion of the evolution of the wor 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 of a Collected 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 are from the aughts Frankly I was a little stunned to discover after purchase that it wasn t a career spanning anthology aughts Frankly I was a little stunned to discover after purchase that it wasn t a career spanning anthology anticipated a lot of chaff in with the wheat but was delighted to find that Hitchens has a rare capacity to write a lot about a wide range of things with a keen eye and keener wit Most of the essays originated in Vanity Fair The Atlantic or Slate Some from miscellaneous newspapers or books reviews Another handful are introductions to books by others The essays in Arguably cover literature domestic politics history human rights religion international affairs the necessary integrity of words and social s including but not limited to oral sex There are two essays back to back on Graham Greene that repeat themselves and the book would have been better served by choosing one but overall this collection read very well smoothly entertaining and freuently provocative in the best sense of that word Hitchens has a reputation as a contrarian because his views can catch one off guard he thought and still thinks that the Ira War was a necessary even over due war he thinks women in the aggregate are less funny than men in the aggregate But in point of fact Hitchens is a stickler for two things principles like those that imperfectly undergird western democracy secular humanism and liberal political thought and the right to express one s thoughts He prefers unmasked stupidity to masked stupidity He prefers an open debate to anyone s list of taboo thoughts or sacred cows And if De brevitate vitae you are debating him with a set of arguments resting on unchallenged assumptions beware Hitchens is smart precise knowledgeable logical consistent and surgical in his assaults on the arguments of others Unlike Gore Vidal who long ago turned his wit and raptor s sense of an opponent s vulnerability into sound bite schtick so much so that now listening to him on any topic is like listening to a talking doll with 12 pre programmed sarcasms and a string to pull Hitchens on the other hand is engaged in any conversation in which he is taking part He hears what others are saying gives credit where it s due and skewers statements that are false na ve hypocritical self serving cowardly bullying or merely poorly reasoned His prose is always readable freuently funny and always nimble and concise He s convinced me to read PG Wodehouse Anthony Powell Victor Serve and Rebecca West but not George MacDonald Fraser He unsettled a few of my assumptions and reuired me to think differently about the Ira War the meaning of tolerance and intolerance and Bill Clinton He provides insightful arguments about the criminality of torture though whether he was reuired to submit to waterboarding to make his points is another uestion the abuse of American history on which the Far Right s views depend and the importance of WHAuden s poem September 1 1939 a favorite poem of mine as well Like the best of essayists he is a very good companion whetherou are arguing with him or enjoying the benefit of his arguments for a shared view he makes Signaler un problème you smarter This last point is not a small one he makesou smarter not because he persuades Un monstre dans les céréales you to his views which he does sometimes but because he compelsou to think about our views What could be better. 4: format: ebook and others 736 pages and has a text language like English. Sery 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 Republic An Anglosphere Future Political Animals Old Enough to Die In Defense of Foxhole Atheists In Search of the Washington NovelEclectic Affinities Isaac Newton Flaws of Gravity The Men Who Made England Hilary Mantel s Wolf Hall Edmund Burke Reactionary Prophet Samuel Johnson Demons and Dictionaries Gustave Flaubert I m with Stupide The Dark Side of Dickens Marx s Journalism The Grub Street Years Rebecca West Things Worth Fighting For Ezra Pound A Revolutionary Simpleton On Animal Farm Jessica Mitford s Poison Pen W Somerset Maugham Poor Old Willie Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent P G Wodehouse The Honorable Schoolboy Anthony Powell An Omnivorous Curiosity John Buchan Spy Thriller s Father Graham Greene I ll Be Damned Death from a Salesman Graham Greene s Bottled Ontology Loving Philip Larkin Stephen Spender A Nice Bloody Fool Edward Upward The Captive Mind C L R James Mid Off Not Right On J G Ballard The Catastrophist Fraser s Flashman Scoundrel Time Fleet Street s Finest From Waugh to Frayn Saki Where the Wild Things Are Harry Potter The Boy Who LivedAmusements Annoyances and Disappointments Why Women Aren t Funny Stieg Larsson The Author Who Played with Fire As American as Apple Pie So Many Men s Rooms So Little Time The New Commandments In Your Face Wine Drinkers of the World Unite Charles Prince of PiffleOffshore Accounts Afghanistan s Dangerous Bet First Silence the Whistle Blower Believe Me It s Torture Iran s Waiting Game Long Live Democratic Seismology Benazir Bhutto Daughter of Destiny From Abbottabad to Worse The Perils of Partition Algeria A French uarrel The Case of Orientalism Edward Said Where the Twain Should Have Met The Swastika and the Cedar Holiday in Ira Tunisia At the Desert s Edge What Happened to the Suicide Bombers of Jerusalem Childhood s End An African Nightmare The Vietnam Syndrome Once Upon a Time in Germany Worse Than Nineteen Eighty Four North Korea A Nation of Racist Dwarves The Eighteenth Brumaire of the Castro Dynasty Hugo Boss Is the Euro Doomed Overstating Jewish Power The Case for Humanitarian InterventionLegacies of Totalitarianism Victor Serge Pictures from an Inuisition Andr Malraux One Man s Fate Arthur Koestler The Zealot Isabel Allende Chile Redux The Persian Version Martin Amis Lightness at Midnight Imagining Hitler Victor Klemperer Survivor A War Worth Fighting Just Give Peace A Chance W G Sebald Reuiem for GermanyWords Worth When the King Saved God Let Them Eat Pork Rinds Stand Up for Denmark Eschew the Taboo She s No Fundamentalist Burned Out Easter Charade Don t Mince Words History and Mystery Words Matter This Was Not Looting The Other L Word The You Decade Suck It Up A Very Very Dirty Word Prisoner of Shelves AcknowledgementsIndex OK so if like me ou 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 Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you look Vanity Fair Esuire The Atlantic all over the damned internet and he had that whole British obnoxiousness down to a T and ifou re predisposed to find a reason to dislike him let me point Lippenbekenntnisse 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 itou 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 TheresaSlow down there Time for a reality check A few salient facts1 Mother Theresa undoubtedly had it coming just ask Sinead O Connor2 That dumb Why Women Aren t Funny is the ONLY DUD ESSAY IN THIS BOOK Which means that is the ONLY DUD ESSAY IN THIS BOOK Which means that is batting over 99% here Think about that for a while When was the last time ou came across a nonfiction collection with those kinds of numbers3 Yes he can be scathing But to an impressive degree it s only when provoked4 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 suare 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 uite the opposite on the basis of these essays at any rate5 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 caseAmong 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 ualities 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 Barbarism is not the inheritance of our prehistory It is the companion that dogs our every stepAlain Finkielkraut uoted in Hitchens IntroductionChristopher Hitchens in 20074 12 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 AtheismHe was born in England in 1949 died in the US in 2011 Educated at Oxford he moved to the United States in 1981 as part of an editor exchange program between The Educated at Oxford he moved to the United States in 1981 as part of an editor exchange program between The Statesman and The Nation Twenty six ears later he became a US citizen Hitchens had a very successful career as an author and journalist He was also well known as a polemicist and debater and for his criticisms through three books of Mother Teresa Bill Clinton and Henry KissingerPolitical viewsview spoilerIn his twenties Hitchens joined the political left partly over his anger about the Vietnam war He began describing himself as a socialist and a Marxist It was from this political position that he joined the staff of The Nation and was associated with that oldest bastion of the American left founded in 1865 for twenty Impossible Things years until not long after 911Hitchens did. Hitchens There are many interesting things in this book isbn 978077104146. 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 intellectualses 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 A Provocative Chest of Treasures What Is As American as Apple Pie answer is be lowupdtd 5417This is the cynosure of all essay collections It s too bad that most of my goodreads friends will likely skip this review in its entirety basing this guess on 17 likes in a couple of Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan years and two improvementsupdatesIn 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 mordant as Oscar Wilde s No book has challenged and amused me on such a variety of intriguing topics as this collection of Christopher Hitchens best essays Before reading it I was not a fan of Hitchens Regrettably I now realize I just wasn t paying attention all thoseears he was aroundAlong with his most brilliant mordant wit he had a textbook knowledge of a vast array of topics see below While his lexicon was wide and deep he always wrote in risible rhythmic sentences that ebbed and flowed whilst he whaled on hypocrisy or satirized politicians or essayed on annoyances affinities and amusements To give just one straightforward example in his essay As American as Apple Pie published in the July 2006 Vanity Fair he noted of a certain American affinity The crucial word doesn t come into the American idiom until the 1940s when it was a a part of the gay underworld and b possibly derived from the jazz scene and its oral instrumentation But it has never lost its supposed Victorian origin which was below job cognate if Wachten op Apollo you like with the now archaic going down This term from London s whoredom still has a faint whiff of contempt Stay with me I ve been doing the hard thinking forou The three letter job with its can do implications also makes the term especially American Certainly by the time of the war in Vietnam the war correspondent David Leitch recorded reporters swapping notes When ou get to Da Nang ask for Mickey Mouth Fast Times at Ridgemont HighThis book contains numerous fascinating pieces he wrote about the big names in literature As examples Harry Potter The Boy Who Lived Mark Twain American Radical Vladimir Nabokov Hurricane Lolita Upton Sinclair A Capitalist Primer Gustave Flaubert I m with Stupide The Dark Side of Dickens W Somerset Maugham Poor Old Willie Graham Greene I ll Be Damned Ezra Pound A Revolutionary Simpleton Evelyn Waugh The Permanent Adolescent PG Wodehouse The Honorable Schoolboy Anthony Powell An Omnivorous Curiosity Fraser s Flashman Scoundrel Time Saki Where the Wild Things Are Isabel Allende Chile Redux Martin Amis Lightness at Midnight and Stieg Larsson The Author Who Played with Fire After buying the hardcover I was so fascinated so amused and intellectually stimulated that I immediately bought the e book as well I can read these essays over and over and laugh at something anew on each revisitI would go on raving about this book but nothing comes to mind wielding enough wittiness to be worthy or any higher a compliment or recommendationIt s broken into sectionsAll American 20 essays on things like Jefferson versus the Muslim Pirates Benjamin Franklin Free and Easy and Abraham Lincoln Misery s ChildEclectic Affinities 27 essays on topics including many listed above and The Men Who Made England Hilary Mantel s Wolf Hall Samuel Johnson Demons and Dictionaries and On Animal FarmAmusements Annoyances and Disappointments 8 essays such as As American as Apple Pie Charles Prince of Piffle and So Many Men s Rooms So Little Time see Sen Larry CraigOffshore Accounts 25 with titles including North Korea A Nation of Racist Dwarves and Worse Than Nineteen Eighty FourLegacies Nineteen Eighty FourLegacies Totalitarianism 11 essays from Imagining Hitler Arthur Koestler The Zealot and WG Sebald Reuiem for Germanyand Words Worth 16 essays such as When the King Saved God on King James I s translation of the Bible The You Decade and A Very Very Dirty WordI could go on and on and on about how much I love this book but then I d be a boor 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 covers a wild variety of topics Some I may not have typically sought out but all are worth reading and for me re reading It has introduced many intriguing new titles authors and subjects for my to read stack I ve kept the globe spinning and Wikipedia fired up throughout memorized a little of the Rubayat and seen Animal Farm acted out in many times and places The political essays are than a few ranks above my typical American understanding but my perceptions are a bit sharper for having read them anyway and my position on torture is validated His graphic sumi style images from his experiences in Viet Nam Cuba Pakistan Iran and many are intense While reading I ve lost my optimism for humankind a few times and re found it almost the same numberIf I had a complaint it s that 749 PAGES IT S STILL TOO SHORT THANKFULLY EVERYTHING HE it s still too short Thankfully he written is archived somewhere In all Arguably is brilliant and it s the perfect book for a reader who wants to level up a few 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 political writing is on show in the Offshore Accounts and Amusements Annoyances Disappointments sections including the misunderstood Why Women Aren t Funny that earned Hitch huffy haters Legacies of Totalitarianism explores the work of Victor Serge Martin Amis and WG Sebald in a bracing stream of seriously frightening portents Orwell strength writing 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 Mi. 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