[act-ma] 4/19 6:30PM- "Unhitched: the Trial of Christopher Hitchens" with author Richard Seymour

Shaun Joseph snjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Apr 1 13:43:00 PDT 2013

Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens
Discussion with author Richard Seymour
APRIL 19, 6:30PM
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St, Boston MA

On Friday April 19th, join Richard Seymour, one of Britain's leading
young radical intellectuals and principal contributor to the popular
blog, Lenin's Tomb, for a discussion of his recent book, Unhitched:
The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

Irascible and forthright, Christopher Hitchens stood out as a man
determined to do just that. In his younger years, a career-minded
socialist, he emerged from the smoke of 9/11 a neoconservative
“Marxist,” an advocate of America's invasion of Iraq filled with
passionate intensity. Throughout his life, he played the role of
universal gadfly, whose commitment to the truth transcended the party
line as well as received wisdom. But how much of this was imposture?
In this highly critical study, Richard Seymour casts a cold eye over
the career of the “Hitch” to uncover an intellectual trajectory
determined by expediency and a fetish for power.

Unhitched presents a rewarding and entertaining case study, one that
is also a cautionary tale for our times.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook:


RICHARD SEYMOUR: One of Britain's leading young radical intellectuals,
Richard is the principal contributor to Lenin's Tomb
(http://www.leninology.com/), one of the UK's most popular blogs. A
regular columnist for the Guardian, Seymour is also the author four
books, most recently "American Insurgents: A Brief History of American
Anti-Imperialism" (Haymarket 2012) and "Unhitched: The Trial of
Christopher Hitchens" (Verso 2013). He is a founding member of the
International Socialist Network.


"Clever, incisive...'Unhitched' offers a more thorough and in-depth
discrediting of Hitchens than anything previously published. And in
doing so, Seymour has made an important contribution to understanding
the political role of the intellectual celebrity in our time." - In
These Times

"Richard Seymour's 'Unhitched,' a slim and scathing denunciation of
turncoat scoundrel Christopher Hitchens, is a thoroughly satisfying
and politically important book by one of the few remaining great
radical left journalists.” - Rabble

"Seymour reveals Hitchens as having had a lifelong admiration both for
the United States and for empires as civilizing forces." --Washington
Post Book World

"Richard Seymour employs a unique technique to shred Hitchens’s
political philosophy to pieces: Seymour puts the late writer on
trial." --The Christian Science Monitor

By way of preview, please see, "Case Closed: Hitchens in the Dock" by
Jack McCarthy inCounterPunch. Jack writes that, 'the future the gold
standard for the deconstrucion of Hitchens will be Richard Seymours’
“Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

Sponsored by
Verso Books
Haymarket Books
Encuentro 5
Mass Global Action
Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series

NOTE: Richard Seymour will also be speaking on "Obama's 'War on
Terror' at Home and Abroad" on Thursday, April 18:

4PM @ George Sherman Union 320-21, Boston University

7PM @ Harvard University (room TBA)

For more info, email contact at bostonsocialism.org.

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