Memo to Christopher Hitchens:

The first step in writing a coherent essay is identifying your thesis. A bunch of loosely connected dribbling about Karl Marx does not constitute an argument.


4 Responses to “Memo to Christopher Hitchens:”

  1. eric Says:

    True. But the opening anecdote about the British Library is sort of funny.

  2. eric Says:

    Oh, and also, taking Václav Havel seriously is a sure sign of lack of coherence. I guess those fat aging drunks really stick together.

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