Tag Archives: Christopher Hitchens

Happy Birthday, Wystan Hugh Auden: “The enlightenment driven away / The habit-forming pain”

W.H. Auden was born on this day in York, England, 1907. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin.

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. This makes me so sad to post. On this week of all weeks. If you’ve read me long enough, then you know my feelings for our … Continue reading

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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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Year in Review

I may write some magnum opus in the next two days, you never know, but here are links to some of the things I’ve written in 2014, here and elsewhere. I have worked hard to keep my site an eclectic … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Victor Serge: Pictures from an Inquisition’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Considering my long-standing fascination with all things Stalin, the fact that I had never read Victor Serge’s work was a major disconnect. I know his name came up in everything I … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Once Upon a Time in Germany’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens A couple things. The following is Hitchens’ review of the German film The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), which obviously was right in Hitchens’ wheelhouse. He called it one of the best … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of J.K. Rowling’s series, for the New York Times Book Review in 2007. Recently, I’m not sure if you’re … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Graham Greene: I’ll Be Damned’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens For probably obvious reasons, Christopher Hitchens has some huge issues with Graham Greene. On some pretty important topics, like religion and politics. Graham Greene is kind of the watch-word for Catholic … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Evelyn Waugh: The Permanent Adolescent’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Any big reader will have gaps in their reading, authors they never got to, authors they somehow missed, especially if said authors are not taught in school. Evelyn Waugh was one … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘On Animal Farm’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens wrote an entire book on Orwell called Why Orwell Matters (it’s great, no surprise). His mentions of Orwell in print probably run into the hundreds of thousands. And not … Continue reading

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