Thanks to Echidne, Feministing and several snappy Broadsheet readers for sounding the alarm on Christopher Hitchens' essay in the January issue of Vanity Fair, in which he ponderously explores why women aren't funny. Not why many of history's best comedians have been male, or why humor is subjective, but really why women aren't laugh-makers. We don't generally see eye to eye with Hitchens -- I mean, when he was saying that the Bush administration could turn Iraq into a vibrant democracy we all thought it was a joke -- so we expected to greet this piece with a shrug and a yawn. But such is the cunning of Hitchens that he managed to get under our skin a little.
Christopher Hitchens's introduction to George Orwell's diaries is published
Political views of Christopher Hitchens - Wikipedia
Christopher Hitchens was a world renowned and oft-controversial philosopher, journalist, novelist and debater that spent the majority of his life involved in debates with those whose views he disagreed with, providing lectures and appearing on talk shows regularly throughout his professional career. Born on April 13, , his quick wit and seemingly endless philosophical knowledge helped to create his legacy that still remains to this day, even after his death on December 15, Christopher Hitchens was born in Hampshire, England a few years after the war that brought his parents together. As his father was a Royal Navy Officer, he moved a variety of times throughout his childhood. From an early age, he was drawn to a myriad of different novels and essays, such as 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Religion and the Rise of Capitalism' by R.
The loss of Christopher Hitchens leaves the world a far poorer place, but perhaps Salman Rushdie's tribute to him — "A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops" — is only half right. Of course we can only imagine what he would have gone on to say if he had been spared another day, another week or another year, but a voice like that of Hitchens never really falls silent.
T he Dalai Lama has come out in support of the thermonuclear tests recently conducted by the Indian state, and has done so in the very language of the chauvinist parties who now control that state's affairs. The "developed" countries, he says, must realize that India is a major contender and should not concern themselves with its internal affairs. This is a perfectly realpolitik statement, so crass and banal and opportunist that it would not deserve any comment if it came from another source. Among the untested assumptions of this billboard campaign is the widely and lazily held belief that "Oriental" religion is different from other faiths: less dogmatic, more contemplative, more This blissful, thoughtless exceptionalism has been conveyed to the West through a succession of mediums and narratives, ranging from the pulp novel "Lost Horizon," by James Hilton creator of Mr.