2011-12-17 01:06 pm (UTC)
Don't let's! I don't want to be snowed up for two weeks again this Christmas - or, at least - let's wait until I come back for the New Year -
The forecast is for a cold weekend, followed by a warmer week. I think that would be quite nice. I'd like snow tomorrow and then a thaw.
I'm meh about Christopher Hitchens. He just strikes me as a man given every privilege possible by society who availed himself unthinkingly of all those given privileges, including that of being able to leave his pregnant wife for a younger woman due to handsomeness, status and male reproductive endurance, who then sets himself up as a left-wing rebel. A bit like Dawkins's constant Oxford in-jokes. I think it's a bit special pleading of privileged rich men to decry belief systems that have provided comfort for the poor. Not saying I'm happy he's dead or that he doesn't have things worth saying, it's just that the tired old maxim "check your privilege" really does apply here IMO.
Edited at 2011-12-17 01:59 pm (UTC)
Good god, did I say "privileged" enough in that comment or what ;)
I largely agree.
I don't think he was that wonderful a writer either- and certainly not an original thinker.
I like his brother better.
I have God Is Not Great in my bookshelf. It seemed a sustained rant against some daddy figure who had let him down. I wonder if men are more into his style than women. We don't have to overthrow Daddy, so we're not interested.
Perhaps. Hitchens seemed like a very blokey guy. I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have liked him in person.
I used to have Daddy issues. And they got all mixed up with my feelings about God and Christianity. These days I don't care nearly so much about any of that stuff.
I hear tell it's actually her best book.
I wouldn't mind a spot of snow just up to Christmas... It would complete the holiday decorations of the apartment if the cemetery on the other side of the street was covered in snow...
I want snow NOW- and for it to be gone by the end of next week, when I will be travelling.
The hagiography of Hitchens has gone too far. He was a self hating Jew who despised Islam. Only thing I agreed with him about was Mother Teresa. Dreadful shit.
I believe he is being made out to be a far more significant cultural figure than he actually was. Will his work still be read in 50 years time? I doubt it.
I am trying to write a letter to the FCO. Is there a polite way to tell someone they are a (cont p.6)
And then in about 120 years he'll come back into vogue in academic circles!
Well, he'll obviously be important as a figure in the social/cultural history of the early 21st century. Academics will read him to get a handle on these times, but not- I think- to get a handle on their own.
Dare I ask WHY he thinks the 1950s or middle ages would be better than the 21st century?
I think he's nostalgic for his childhood.