^FREE PDF ⇵ The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens ↜ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

As other reviewers have pointed out in one way or another, this isn t anywhere close to an appropriate introduction to Christopher Hitchens But the introduction by Martin Amis is reason enough to pick up this book Christopher is one of the most terrifying rhetoricians that the world has yet seen Lenin used to boast that his objective, in debate, was not rebuttal and then refutation it was the destruction of his interlocutor This isn t Christopher s policy but it is his practice Toward t As other reviewers have pointed out in one way or another, this isn t anywhere close to an appropriate introduction to Christopher Hitchens But the introduction by Martin Amis is reason enough to pick up this book Christopher is one of the most terrifying rhetoricians that the world has yet seen Lenin used to boast that his objective, in debate, was not rebuttal and then refutation it was the destruction of his interlocutor This isn t Christopher s policy but it is his practice Toward the very end of the last century, all our greatest chess players, including Gary Kasparov, began to succumb to a computer named Deep Blue I had the opportunity to ask two grandmasters to describe the Deep Blue experience, and they both said, It s like a wall coming at you In argument, Christopher is that wall The prototype of Deep Blue was known as Deep Thought And there s a case for calling Christopher Deep Speech With his vast array of geohistorical references and precedents, he is almost googlelike but google with, say, its ten million results in 0.7 seconds is something of an idiot savant, and Christopher s search engine is muchfinely tuned In debate, no matter what the motion, I would back him against Cicero, against Demosthenes Excerpt FromThe Quotable Hitchens From Alcohol to Zionism The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens Beware the irrational, however seductive Shun the transcendent and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself Distrust compassion prefer dignity for yourself and others Don t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish Picture all experts as if they were mammals Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake the grave will supply plenty of time for silence Suspect your own motives, and all excuses Do not live for others anythan you would expect others to live for you Christopher Hitchens Similar to Amis s King s English , and just as witty The book reads like Hitch is sitting on your couch, sharing a bottle of Walker, and cataloging complains and brewing axioms One interesting point the book complies TV and debate quotations, too In print, it s wonderful to really notice how well spoken he is A fine book, but not a traditional book Probably the best bathroom book I own. As a kid I would sometimes read quotationaries for hours, pouring over page after of page of witticisms, highlighting the ones I wanted to memorize I remember believing that memorizing quotes about virtue would magically make mevirtuous and that storing up perfectly worded insults would make me funnier Both of these hopes were largely hollow they mainly contribute to the making of a self righteous prick , but the second has at least brought me joy Bonding over beer and bombastic rants As a kid I would sometimes read quotationaries for hours, pouring over page after of page of witticisms, highlighting the ones I wanted to memorize I remember believing that memorizing quotes about virtue would magically make mevirtuous and that storing up perfectly worded insults would make me funnier Both of these hopes were largely hollow they mainly contribute to the making of a self righteous prick , but the second has at least brought me joy Bonding over beer and bombastic rants has solidified many a friendship in my life, and as every barroom orator knows, Christopher Hitchens is the patron saint of booze propelled wit This book shows many of his sharpest barbs, funniest quips, and most memorable complaints Curmudgeon though he often may be, in scope and eloquence he is the closest thing we have to Dr Johnson, or a one man Bartlett s In Which Mr Hitchens Describes James Carville, in his Role as the Prosecutor in the Film The People v Larry Flynt as looking every inch the product of the love scene in Deliverance orig rvw 5 22 16 I admit to being part of a crowd of people who chose not to read Hitchens on atheism religion for fear of raising doubts So, I m exceedingly late to the party in reading and delighting in all of his legions of essays, opinions and reviews his language and logic remind me of the incredible po In Which Mr Hitchens Describes James Carville, in his Role as the Prosecutor in the Film The People v Larry Flynt as looking every inch the product of the love scene in Deliverance orig rvw 5 22 16 I admit to being part of a crowd of people who chose not to read Hitchens on atheism religion for fear of raising doubts So, I m exceedingly late to the party in reading and delighting in all of his legions of essays, opinions and reviews his language and logic remind me of the incredible powers of the human brain Just a few of my personal favorites Cameo parts are played by Flynt himself, as the judge who once gave him a quarter century in the slammer, and James Carville, as the prosecutor in that very case and looking every inch like the product of the love scene in Deliverance Hustler with a Cause, Vanity Fair, Nov 1996 In their upwards of a dozen trysts, according to Ms Lewinsky under oath, she would perform unconsummated oral sex on the leader of the Free World She would then step back a few paces, disrobe, and perform a little dance while he completed matters on his own The president denies that this was a sexual relationship and, by my standards, he s correct in doing so This is the CD Rom version of romancing a copy of Penthouse Independent, August 1998 Donald Trump a ludicrous figure, but at least he s lived it up a bit in the real world, and at least he s worked out how to cover 90 percent of his skull with 30 percent of his hair London Rev of Books, Jan 2000 The ability to laugh is one of the faculties that defines the human and distinguishes the species from other animals With the other higher mammals, which I do not in the least wish to insult, there may be high levels of playfulness and even some practical jokes, but no irony An individual deficient in the sense of humor representsof a challenge to our idea of the human than a person of subnormal intelligence Letters to a Young Contrarian 2001 All found in this treasure chest of a book ORIGINALITY Originality is a quality so rarely met with in humans that when it does occur it is often disputed Steal This Article, Vanity Fair, May 1996 So rare are there individuals who truly possess the faculties to continuously amaze and enlighten those with similar and differing opinions with as deft a command of the English language as Christopher Hitchens With his passing in late 2011, human discourse has suffered greatly, and may have lost a considerable amount of intelligence T ORIGINALITY Originality is a quality so rarely met with in humans that when it does occur it is often disputed Steal This Article, Vanity Fair, May 1996 So rare are there individuals who truly possess the faculties to continuously amaze and enlighten those with similar and differing opinions with as deft a command of the English language as Christopher Hitchens With his passing in late 2011, human discourse has suffered greatly, and may have lost a considerable amount of intelligence The Quotable Hitchens is, for the avid fan, a bittersweet survey of this masterful language lost to eternity For those who have tackled his prose previously, this work will feel like a well thought out eulogy even though it was prepared prior to his death For those unfamiliar with his work, it may serve as a buffet of introduction and a mere toe dip of the brilliance that may be encountered in his writing Prepare to challenge yourself, your convictions, and, at times, your sense of humor.R.I.P Mr Hitchens may your immortality live on in your words and your challenges to the intellect.WIT Wit, after all, is the unfailing symptom of intelligence C.H Agree or disagree w Hitchens, he is never boring and always challenges us and the conventional wisdom. These two stars are not aimed directly towards Hitchens, who is still one of my favorite human beings and possesses a razor sharp wit and keen perception of our world that stands alongside the Democritic Rationalists, but for the sheer choppiness of how his quotes are presented Many of these quotes are taken way out of context, missing over the meaning of the original essays they were printed in These selected quotations only make Hitchens sound like a cantankerous old fart instead of a broa These two stars are not aimed directly towards Hitchens, who is still one of my favorite human beings and possesses a razor sharp wit and keen perception of our world that stands alongside the Democritic Rationalists, but for the sheer choppiness of how his quotes are presented Many of these quotes are taken way out of context, missing over the meaning of the original essays they were printed in These selected quotations only make Hitchens sound like a cantankerous old fart instead of a broad thinking intellect.If you are going to read Hitchens, I highly recommend Mortality and Christopher Hitchens The Last Interview and Other Conversations Better yet, go google some of his essays He wrote practically on every subject under the sun, and offers funny, poignant, complexly rich thoughts on every one of them If I had read this book before completely knowing about him or exploring his other works, I would have been turned off by the bitterness and hostile negativity I have often thought that when I do die it will be of sheer boredom Nonintervention does not mean that nothing happens It means that something else happens This man was not shy about his feelings on things Agree or not, you just have to admire his blunt, honest assessments on issues I wish there werelike him. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence The measure of an education is that you acquire some extent of your ignorance Have a feeling this will go into my Top Fav s list Have only gotten through the Introduction and am already making highlights in my Kindle It s either love or hate him, there is no in between Love Hitch loved the quotes and loved somethan others What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence The measure of an education is that you acquire some extent of your ignorance Have a feeling this will go into my Top Fav s list Have only gotten through the Introduction and am already making highlights in my Kindle It s either love or hate him, there is no in between Love Hitch loved the quotes and loved somethan others ^FREE PDF ⇰ The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens ⇪ Over the past few decades, the bestselling author of Hitchhas crisscrossed the globe debating religious scholars, Catholic clergy, rabbis, and devout Christians on the existence of God appearances that have attracted thousands of people on both sides of the issue He has been invited to talk shows and events to discuss everything from the death of Jerry Falwell to the sainthood of Mother Teresa, from US policy in the Middle East to the dangers of religious fundamentalism and beyond And he is always armed with pithy discourse that is as intelligent as it is quotable The Quotable Hitchens gathers for the first time the eminent journalist, public intellectual, and all around provocateur Christopher Hitchen s most scathing, inflammatory, hilarious, and clear cut commentary from the course of his storied career Drawn from his many TV appearances, debates, lectures, interviews, articles, and books, the quotations are arranged alphabetically by subject from atheism and alcoholism to George Orwell and Bertrand Russell, from Islamofascism and Iraq to smoking and sex and perfectly capture the wit and range of intellectual willing to show his teeth in the case of righteousness