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

Shaun Joseph snjoseph at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 05:25:43 PDT 2013

---please note updated location---
*Unhitched**: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens*

6:30PM April 19, 2013

Location: Encuentro 5 <http://www.encuentro5.org/>
9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, MA 02108

Directions <http://www.encuentro5.org/home/directions>

Update: Because the original venue was located within the crime scene at
Copley, the event has been moved to Encuentro 5.

In light of the attack and the highly racialized response from some of the
media, we would like to offer this event as a place to for people to freely
discuss the attack on Boston along with the original subject matter.
Hitchens' notorious echo of "turn tragedy into war," following the
September 11th attacks provides a strong negative lesson. Let's bring our
minds and hearts together to discuss how we could create a positive one.

*Presentation and Q&A with author Richard Seymour*

 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 <http://www.leninology.com/>, for a discussion of his recent book,*
Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher

In his younger years, a career-minded socialist, Hitchens 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, which is also a cautionary
tale for our times.

This event is free and open to the public. See Facebook Event



*RICHARD SEYMOUR*: One of Britain's leading young radical intellectuals,
Richard is the principal contributor to Lenin's Tomb
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

"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
Open Media Boston
Democratic Socialists of America
International Socialist Organization

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