Christopher Hitchens – Drexel Interview


Last week I was talking with a friend/fellow blogger Ste J. We had gotten on to the topic of religion, which segwayed to the Bible, and God. The conversation had reached a point where Christopher Hitchens was mentioned. Remembering a book review of Mr. Hitchens Arguably, that Steve had done a while back, piqued my interest. To get of a feel for his political views, his views on religion, as well as his own writing craft; Steve had advised me to look him up on YouTube.

Unsure of where to begin my search, I clicked on an Interview which he had done a year before he passed away, at Drexel University; which revolved around his memoir Hitch 22. After seeing this interview it made me want to read his memoir, another book by Hitchens (which was briefly discussed,) during the interview was God is not Great. A book that digs into the possibilities, that there may not be a God.

Aside from the religious aspects of the interview, Hitchens discusses his feelings contempt towards Bill Clinton. I also learned about his personal life, growing up in Britain, having parents that come from two entirely different backgrounds, and why Hitchens became so interested in writing, politics, and religion.

If you’ve yet to get to know Mr. Hitchens I’d begin with this interview.

Break rules and be inspired


I wanted to write a post about something that I felt inspired by; usually that has to do with something about the craft of writing. As habit would prove, I’ve dug up a YouTube video revolving around a TIME interview that fit the bill.

I’ve been attempting to broaden my horizons, both as an author and as a reader, by digging into books, and authors that ordinarily wouldn’t be my cup of tea. Most recently I’ve sank my teeth into the Twilight saga. Thus far, I have only downed the first book, which I am happy to discover turned out to be better than the movie series, (which was partially to blame for my skepticism towards the book series.) But if I paid more attention to film adaptations than the books, I’d be missing out on some true learning experiences.

When I find an author that intrigues my interest, I generally like to hear their stories on their the literary craft. How writing inspires them? What interested them in writing the kinds of stories that they write? Etcetera. Well, what else can I say except, break the rules, and let your imagination run wild. Seem a bit odd? The video below shall help.