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Old 12-23-2011, 05:09 AM
Florian Florian is offline
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Default Re: The Week in Blog: Lightning Is Delicious (Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis)

Originally Posted by ohreally View Post
Hitchens wanted to be seen as a contrarian. But his ruthless social climbing turned him into little more than a groupie. He was a better writer than George Orwell but I suspect he wanted to be Oscar Wilde or Andre Malraux, a Frenchman he envied and hence, being Hitch, despised. In the end he was neither.
Yes, I think contrariness sums it up. Shooting off "bons mots" like Oscar.

The comparison with Malraux is interesting too. The political trajectories of both have certain similarities. Mais tandis que Malraux a fini dans son "musée imaginaire," Hitchens a fini dans l'imaginaire tout court.
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