For, when you are approaching poverty, you make one discovery which outweighs some of the others.
You discover boredom and mean complications and the beginnings of hunger, but you also discover the great redeeming feature of poverty: the fact that it annihilates the future.
The departure point for this book is an antique saying: life is complete unless love, poverty and war have been experienced.
In 'Love', Christopher Hitchens celebrates the work of Joyce, Proust and Borges.
“One has to be capable of knowing when something is worth fighting for,” he insists.
“One has to be capable of knowing an enemy when one sees one.” There’s nothing knee-jerk about his newfound positions.
It was substantially written three years earlier, drawing on his experiences of four to five years before that.
The dates are important to a proper understanding of He was not born ‘George Orwell’.
Tying together these various pieces from The Atlantic Monthly, The Times Literary Supplement, and other journals is the Orwellian—in the good sense of the word—insistence on the need for writers to stand up and speak against the received wisdoms of left and right alike.
Hitchens announces, for instance, a fierce and nuanced patriotism in the wake of 9/11.