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Preview — Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens. Hitch A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens. Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom.
He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.
In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes.
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He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political. This is the story of his life, a life lived large. Get A Copy.
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A touch too serious, all the time, and ever so earnest but boy! Just a quick question: do you know any good jokes? A laugh or two may have helped your literary ride.
Regards from a fascinated simpleton Robert or just call me Bob if you want. Jeremy I realize this is merely intended as a cheap shot, but I am finding this book pretty funny.
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Here's Hitch performing a stand-up set: …more I realize this is merely intended as a cheap shot, but I am finding this book pretty funny. Write a letter to Christopher Hitchens here. Dear Chris John Wilkins Fuck you! He is dead. Call him Chris he would intellectually anhillate you!
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Hitch A Memoir. Jul 02, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it. Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well? He was a favorite of talk shows. He followed his friend Gore Vidal's advice never to turn down a chance to be on TV.
He attended rallies and protests domestic and foreign. He wrote Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. He wrote incendiary articles that would invariably find their way into my email box or into a magazine I subscribe to. Even people who don't consider themselves right or left know who he is. As he aged he never lost the fire in his belly and always felt he could right a wrong. I didn't always agree with him, but found that he had a knack for wiggling some doubt into my own convictions.
Invariably with autobiographies, or biographies for that matter, a certain percentage of the book always has to be spent examining ones childhood. I always feel like I'm slogging through this part of the book as they make a case for critical moments at prep school or their mommy didn't love them enough or some other claptrap.
That is a broad stroke statement and certainly does not mean to say that all people have a relatively boring childhood, but most of us do even those people who eventually become famous. With my own kids and I love them like crazy I still can't wait for them to mature intellectually. When Dr. Henry Jones says to Indiana You left just as you were getting interesting. I knew exactly what he was talking and fear that my experiences with my kids may be the same. Luckily Hitchens does not spend an inordinate of time talking about his childhood.
The English obsession with prep school can not be avoided, but he did make me laugh as he negotiated the agitated waters of homosexual activity at the school. He referred to it as "tummy rubbing". As it turned out he didn't have much interest at the beginning of his tenure because he matured late and didn't have the pressing hormonal driven need. As he got older and even after he graduated he did find himself more interested in sex.
He was good looking as a young man and received attentions from both men and women. Friends, somebody said, are "god's apology for relations.
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Hitchens didn't really understand the obsession of America with homosexuality. I find it comical myself whenever I hear some politician making hay out of sexual orientation. Remember Senator Larry Craig, the airport foot tapper from Idaho a firm advocate against gay rights?
Whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch.
Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite. Christopher Hitchens never pulls any punches and at one moment you might be laughing gleefully at something he said that has put someone else on the ropes and the next moment you may find yourself looking blearily upward into the craggy face of a referee hearing a ten count yourself.
Hitchens was best friends with Martin Amis and if anyone, as I am, is a fan of Martin Amis you will enjoy the stories he shares about time spent with Amis.
He had a fiery friendship with Edward Said. He shared time with Gore Vidal, some would say he was the heir apparent to Vidal's acerbic style. He knew Salman Rushdie and corresponded with him for the rest of his life. The Moor's Last Sigh had just been released and Rushdie arrived at our bookstore unannounced because he was still under a death threat from the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
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He came in with a bodyguard and signed our books. I shook his hand and then he was gone. It gave me a brief glimpse of what his life was like being constantly on the run.
Hitchens had uneasy friendships friendship did not always keep his friends from feeling the lash of his acid pen. He had deep and abiding hatred for Henry Kissinger and spent a good deal of time trying to make Kissinger's life a living hell. He wrote inflammatory books and articles exposing the lies and corruptions of the man's political maneuverings. Despite liking Margaret Thatcher, which may have been based somewhat on an odd sexual attraction, he did pound away at her policies.