Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

In Letters to a Young Contrarian, bestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young (wo)men of tomorrow. Exploring the entire range of “contrary positions”–from noble dissident to gratuitous nag–Hitchens introduces the next generation to the minds and the misfits who influenced him, invoking such mentors as Emile Zola,

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this account of his affliction, he describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around

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No One Left to Lie to: The Values of the Worst Family by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

In No One Left to Lie To, Christopher Hitchens portrays President Bill Clinton as one of the most ideologically skewed and morally negligent politicians of recent times. In a blistering polemic which shows that Clinton was at once philanderer and philistine, crooked and corrupt, Hitchens challenges perceptions – of liberals and conservatives alike – of this

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Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By by David Mitchell: Book Review

We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to attempt to cheer up. But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection

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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

“It is past time that she [Mother Teresa] was subjected to the rational critique that she has evaded so arrogantly and for so long.” This final statement made in the Afterword of this sharp whip-crack of a book is the reason for both its existence, and the reading of its content. So often, whether we

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The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray: Book Review

I suggest that anyone who finds themselves in the position of having an opinion, or several opinions, on the issue of immigration, but is struggling to convince others, or even themselves, that their conclusions are based in an infallible understanding of the situation, this book is the perfect place to start

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray: Book Review

In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality. We are living through a postmodern era

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I Journaled for 30 Days – Here's What Happened

Unlike a few people I have seen try this challenge of journaling every day for a month, I had never tried writing in a diary or anything before. Journaling was a totally new experience for me and the process of writing morning pages every day was quite strange. After the first week, I wrote a

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The Memory Palace Technique | How I Hacked My Brain

It was when Derren Brown memorized the A-Z map book or the bus timetables (ironically, I can’t remember) on one of his live shows that I instantly knew I wanted to try it. I scoured the internet with terms like, “how to do that Derren Brown trick” and eventually, after digging myself out of a

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Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 | Supergirl S05E09: TV Review

My Rating: 4/5 SPOILERS… LOTS OF SPOILERS This was the first episode in this year’s crossover event and it was pretty good! Firstly, I would like to say I loved the little hints at other universes like with the Titans and an old Robin at the beginning – also we saw Wil Wheaton for a

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Why You Should Own Fewer Clothes | Minimalism #2

When beginning minimalism, many people start in their wardrobes and drawers. It makes sense. Many of us have over 4 pairs of shoes but only wear one or two regularly. The number of dresses, shirts, trousers, and jumpers we own compared the amount we actually wear more than once a year is huge. So, the

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