Christopher Hitchens is preeminently in the second group.
Christopher Hitchens is preeminently in the second group.He seems to be as widely read and traveled as he is prolific—the publicity sheet for the book notes that is his first collection since 2004, not counting the six other books he wrote or co-edited in the meantime.
But irreligion is not enough to gain his approval: John Updike's "grueling homework" and Somerset Maugham's utter stylessness are severely criticized, with some justice.
There was Christopher, holding court, surrounded by journalists and aspiring intellectuals.
Even though that evening the pending war was on everyone’s minds, Christopher wanted to talk about the Balkans.
Not so reviewers given the space to show their credentials as public intellectuals.
In their work, readers often find it difficult to discover just what book is being discussed because the reviewer subsumes the discussion in a wider consideration of the topic.