The Hitch talks about his book

It’s the good Hitchens brother, as my old mucker Peter talks about his spanking new book, The Rage Against God. I’m halfway through it at the moment, very enjoyable it is too, and there will be a review to follow. Anyway, give this a watch. Peter’s engaging as ever here, and gives a few fascinating insights into his background and thinking. Very nice pictures of the author as a young boy, alongside the future drink-soaked popinjay.

9 Comments

  1. FlyingRodent said,

    March 27, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Fucking hell, how totally boring is that? Pro-forma – my dad a car mechanic, my mum a housewife; mother’s maiden name, O’Hanlon. Me an office drone, and Peter Hitchens full of vaguely mystical bullshit.

    Can’t you do Eddie Izzard next time, or something? At least he cracks a few gags over eight minutes, and doesn’t wank on about religion all po-faced, like a dick.

    • splinteredsunrise said,

      March 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      It’ll be a useful prosaic corrective for when the Dude’s autobiography comes out. Peter is quite a funny guy, but it takes a while to get a handle on him.

      Anyway, you could just as easily have got Ron Paul or somebody.

  2. FlyingRodent said,

    March 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Hmmm, that was a bit harsh, wasn’t it? Apologies.

    My attitude to both Hitchens brothers and the issue of religion in general is that the less we hear, both pro and con, the better. Peter likes God, the Dude doesn’t – this is clearly a problem that would be more quickly and entertainingly resolved with chainsaws, rather than snappy arguments.

    Now, I’d certainly watch that Youtube video.

  3. battersea said,

    March 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Yeah, chainsaws! And YouTube. And Eddie Izzard. Fuckin’ A!

    That would be real.

  4. DrunkenDuncan said,

    March 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  5. Chris Williams said,

    March 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Flying Rodent – where _every_ post is a ‘2am on Saturday morning’ post.

    I read PH’s book on crime for professional reasons, hence I’ve already exceeded my lifetime dosage. It’s like going to Mars in this respect, though few others. Perhaps gargling with Sellafield’s outflow water for a few days is a better analogy. In any case, only some genuine and obvious need to know would force me to expose myself to him ever again. His brother can sod off ‘n all.

    You got yr name down for Maynooth yet, Splinty?

    • splinteredsunrise said,

      March 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      What, and mix with heretical Jansenists? I think not.

  6. John Palmer said,

    March 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Having worked (well agitated) with both Hitchens brothers in times past, I must admit to puzzlement over what kind of God or deity P. Hitchens actually believes in. Occasionally listening and reading what he has to say (a great deal) it all seems to come down to some sense of awe at existence and appreciation of the power of the higher art forms to stimulate deep emotion. Well and good. Anyone lacking these sentiments is, I think, to be pitied. But to go from there to a belief monotheism, let alone the God-made-man story as in the Christianised version of Judaism (itself a sort of off shoot of Persian Zoroastrianism) is baffling. Nor do I understand how this anyway leads him to an up market version of right wing Sun style populism which provides his daily journalistic diet. Maybe Splinty shares some insight with Peter which he can share with the rest of us.

  7. Darius Jedburgh said,

    March 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    What’s that? Maynooth full of Jansenists?

    Anyway Jansenism isn’t heresy. If it’s good enough for Antoine Arnauld…


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