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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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The Books: Arguably, ‘Rebecca West: Things Worth Fighting For’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens How do you “explain” Rebecca West? Especially to those who haven’t heard of her? Never mind the fact that it’s so strange and wrong that her name doesn’t resonate at the … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Marx’s Journalism: The Grub Street Years’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens In a June, 2007 piece in The Guardian, Christopher Hitchens reviewed Dispatches for the New York Tribune: Selected Journalism of Karl Marx, edited by James Ledbetter, with a foreword by Francis … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘The Dark Side of Dickens’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens In his review of Michael Slater’s Charles Dickens, Hitchens compares it to Peter Ackroyd’s 1990 biography of Dickens. He seems to admire both. But he does clock a couple of interesting … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Edmund Burke: Reactionary Prophet’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France is one of the great political tracts in existence. Like Tom Paine (who wrote Rights of Man as a sort of blistering REPLY … Continue reading

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