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Matthew James from Sacramento, California is reading Make Something Up and Night Shift September 12, 2016 - 11:47pm

It is so good to be back here at LitReactor. Four years ago I paid for a six month subscription. I loved everything about this website and I was determined to become the best at what I love to do. Except life had other plans. My daughter Charlie's mom passed away a few years back. And I was devistated. Everything was dropped and I gained full custody of our daughter. So the last few years have been about overcoming all the obstacles and get ahead. And I have. So now I'm back, and I'm ready to learn on top of what I know to become that writer I know I can become.

 

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Max from Texas is reading goosebumps September 13, 2016 - 1:06am

Welcome back, man. It sounds like you've had a tough fucking time. I'm glad you're returning to writing.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel September 13, 2016 - 1:44pm

I'm sorry to hear that your life was disrupted. I say that in the politicical-rhetoric-way when politicians say our lives were disrupted on 9/11.

Welcome back.

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. September 13, 2016 - 4:57pm

Welcome back. Gail here.  Christopher Hitchens always entertained  me. He was witty and fun and profane and so intelligent. I'm a fan. HAve a good time. Enjoy. gsr

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Matthew James from Sacramento, California is reading Make Something Up and Night Shift September 14, 2016 - 12:57am

Thank you, all of you. I am excited to be back here. This here is my future. I jumped on an essay class being taught here in a week or so.  I'm hoping to learn all I can, we will be submitting our work to publications. 

 

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D.W. Behrend from New Jersey is reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield September 14, 2016 - 3:39pm

Welcome back. I am new here myself but finding I really enjoy LitReactor. And hey Arguably just happens to be sitting on my night stand. Hitchens was a force of nature.

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien September 14, 2016 - 5:32pm

Welcome Back.

Honestly, I have mixed feelings on The Hitch, but my youngest glommed onto him in high school due to the atheist thang, so I followed him while he was with us in order to share good talk with the kid.

I'm new here too, at least to the participation part (took some classes without participating in the community portion about a year ago). Hope you find what you're looking for. 

 

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel September 14, 2016 - 6:58pm

I would learn as much about Hitchens as possible before you make random assumptions based on a couple interviews or reading one book. He is a person who influenced me in many ways, but only after I read Arguably, which is a collection of his essays over the course of his career. Hundreds of essays are in the book. They will, if intelligent enough to understand them, enough to really make you understand the importance he has had on our entire world, not just literature. 

And before I'm attacked for my "intelligence" remark, read the book and then you can tell me I'm wrong. I'm not the sharpest tool, but I'm not dumb, and I have an incredibly difficult time keeping up with his prose. And it isn't esoteric just to cloud a simple matter, it's esoteric because that's the only way to talk about such important matters. The language matches the importance of the topic. Anyone willing to learn the subject he discusses will be a better human because they bothered to care enough. 

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien September 15, 2016 - 1:24pm

Not sure what caused the random assumptions remark? I said I had mixed feelings about Hitch and I do, mainly due to his support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or whatever euphemism we were calling it at the time. There are other things too, none are random assumptions. And mixed feelings does mean that some are good.