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Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
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Jan 03, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Mr. Brammer by: Anna
Recommended for: Young Contrarians
Read in December, 2007

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. 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 about 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 cowards and fools, and his literary connections. I think Hitchens sees himself as a classical man of letters, but also concerns himself a little too much with sparring with people and crafting his own public image. That said, we could use a lot more of people like Hitchens in the public sphere.

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