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Re: “Christopher Hitchens makes few apologies in his memoir, Hitch-22

First -- Great article. FInally a reviewer of this work who writes with concideration for the significance of the subject matters covered in it when proportioning his comments.

One might quarrel with your placement of the defense of Salman Rushdie in the paragraph listing non-core elements of his memoirs. Both Hitchen's defense of the liberation of Iraq and his defense of the right of novelists to write in freedom reveal important core aspects of Christopher's character. For Hitchen's they are, first of all, related in many ways; and secondly, the latter is noted by him to be the defining of the two events specificaly in picking a side (and also in realising that one HAD to pick a side).

His chapter on Rushdie was very emotionally moving, and I just wanted to add, since we're on the subject, that I appreciated that Christopher included a list of people who wrote publicly on the undoubtedly wrong side of this issue. I think that they aught to be asked more questions.

Thanks again for your article.

Posted by sjmarotta on 06/17/2010 at 8:35 AM

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