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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Letters to a Young Contrarian

I can't remember how many times I read this small book by Christopher Hitchens.

It was published in 2001 as part of a 'Art of Mentoring' series.

As the title suggested, each chapter offers some advice as a form of letter, addressed to mainly young readers.

There are topics on philosophy, ideology, religion, social justice....

It's very easy to read, but, as is always the case, Hitchens' writing style is very sharp and lucid.

Another great legacy he left behind for us all.

I will always treasure his writings.

He finishes the book by quoting George Konrad, a Hungarian dissident.

“Have a lived life instead of a career. Put yourself in the safekeeping of good taste. Lived freedom will compensate you for a few losses…If you don’t like the style of others, cultivate your own. Get to know the tricks of reproduction, be a self-publisher even in conversation, and then the joy of working can fill your days.”

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