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Peter Hitchens, Snow, Holiday Reading [Dec. 17th, 2011|12:55 pm]
Tony Grist
Christopher Hitchens died and by a process of lateral thinking I found myself spending much of the afternoon on his brother's website. Peter Hitchens wants it to be the 1950s or the 1900s or the Middle Ages or any time at all except the present. He thinks the bombing of civilians is an atrocious crime (even when we Brits do it) and he detests David Cameron. Christopher characterised him as a good, buff-coated Cromwellian soldier- and I think that fits him admirably. You don't have to agree with a person to find them congenial.

It snowed overnight- and I walked to our local Tesco through slush. I bought oatcakes. I would like it to snow some more. Let's have a day or two of proper Breughelian winter.

The holidays are upon us and I've been downloading holiday reading onto my e-reader. My seasonal choices are Charlotte Bronte's Villette (the only Bronte novel I've ever read is Wuthering Heights), Conan Doyle's two books about Brigadier Gerard and Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-12-17 04:21 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-17 06:19 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-12-17 07:15 pm (UTC)
I am trying to write a letter to the FCO. Is there a polite way to tell someone they are a (cont p.6)
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[User Picture]From: wolfshift
2011-12-17 07:46 pm (UTC)
And then in about 120 years he'll come back into vogue in academic circles!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-12-18 10:03 am (UTC)
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.
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