“I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.”



6 thoughts on “Hitch

    • Elliot,

      Thanks for the feedback. I haven’t read anything by Amis, but I plan to. As for Hitchens, I am very fond of him as an individual, an orator, and a writer. I try and refrain from using the word hero, but he comes pretty close.The first twenty pages or so of Hitch 22 are so beautifully written….almost prophetic, although I am sure he loathed the use of that word. Do you have any other recommendations by Martin Amis? Thanks.

      • Sure, his last novel The Pregnant Widow has a character called Nickolas in it, based on Hitchens. You might get a kick out of that. Money is Amis’ classic that (really) made his name. Times Arrow is very good too.
        I was due to see Hitchens speak two days before he had to cancel public engagements. Atleast his writing survives….. perhaps influence is a more acceptable term than hero. An influence for people to think for themselves.

      • Hey, thanks! I will upload them to my Nook, along with The Portable Atheist, which I have bee meaning to read… I have read many good things about Amis, and watched several videos of him on YouTube. I recall Hitchens saying that he never wanted to write too many novels because he thought Amis was a much better writer.

        I am sorry you were not able to see him speak. I can only imagine how lovely it would have been. I’ve watched almost all of his debates, and I continue to be influenced by his polemic style of arguing. Yes, viewing him as an inspiring influence is much better than calling him a hero. Whenever I am asked who my heroes are, I become quite uncomfortable. I admire Kafka, John Fante, Nietzsche, Charles Bukowski…but I am hesitant to call them my heroes.

      • Well, don’t be too hard on yourself. Even Hitchens had “heroes” really…. George Orwell, Thomas Paine.
        Yes he said that he didn’t have “the stuff” for literature but if your best friend’s are Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie…. that’s a lot to compete with.
        Hmmm John Fante I am unfamiliar with, will look up.
        Best to you.

  1. Very true. He had a talented circle of friends, that’s for sure. As for John Fante, he is one of America’s most underrated writers, in my opinion. I discovered Ask the Dust many years ago. It may be one of my favorite novels. Charles Bukowski was heavily influenced by Fante. I recommend Wait Until Spring, Bandini, and Ask the Dust.

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