Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 19, 2013 Verso Books presents Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens

Event Cancelled

Note from Richard Seymour:



"I'm sorry to anyone who is disappointed, but all businesses are shut down and public transport is closed. Until the other killer is caught, I'm not even able to really leave the house. It's especially unfortunate, because there is an urgent need for a response to this that tackles Islamophobia, and the clash-of-civs narrative that the likes of Hitchens have promoted."

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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, for a discussion of his recent book, Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

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 Page.
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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.

PRAISE FOR RICHARD SEYMOUR'S "UNHITCHED"

"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.
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Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series
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Democratic Socialists of America
International Socialist Organization