In Other Words, Write Like Hitch

Christopher Hitchens on Izzy Stone: “Even the slightest piece written by Izzy was composed with a decent respect for the King’s English and usually contained at least one apt allusion to the literature and poetry and history that undergirded it: an allusion that he would expect his readers to recognize. Who now dares to do that? Who would now dare to say, as he did as an excited eyewitness, that there was still something ‘saccharine’ about Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ oration? The rule of saccharine rhetoric and bland prose is now near absolute, and one could almost envy Izzy the sad deafness and myopia that allowed him to tune out the constant bawling from electronic media.”

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  1. Who would now dare to say, as he did as an excited eyewitness, that there was still something ’saccharine’ about Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ oration?

    Ah yes, when you have nothing of value to say and are clever in no interesting or useful way, make a derisive comment about a historic object commonly viewed in a very positive light.

    It’s like the absolute opposite of an accomplishment.

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