How to save the ‘The King’ movie and win a $20,000 prize for best book title How To Save The ‘The’ King Book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Christopher Hitchens: An Introduction
A copy of Christopher Hitchen’s best-selling book, The King and I: A Memoir, first published in 1993, is displayed at the publisher’s office in Washington, D.C. October 20, 2017.
Hitchens, who died on Sunday at age 81, has written a number of popular works on race and social justice, including a biography of Malcolm X and The End of History, his best-seller on the civil rights movement.
In the last decade, he has written about religion, politics, and science.
He also wrote the best-sellers The Blind Assassin and The Da Vinci Code.
The King is available from Amazon and other booksellers and is being published by Simon & Schuster in paperback and Kindle editions.
Hitchen is a professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in California.
In 2015, he received the 2016 George Polk Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Study of Religion, which honors distinguished American scholars in the humanities and social sciences for their outstanding contributions to our understanding of religion.
The following excerpt is an edited transcript of a phone interview.
TheBlaze: You’ve said you think you could save The King, a book you’ve written that’s been a bestseller since 1993.
What are you trying to do with it?
Hitchens : I don’t know.
I think I can save it, but I have to make it my own.
I don:t think I could.
I can’t just go back to some of the stuff that was written before.
I want to take it out and make it something different.
The way I see it, there are some great books that were written before I came along.
There are great books written by people who were great writers before me.
I really want to do something else.
So I am going to try to write something different and I am really going to write it in a way that is not going to make my life miserable, but at the same time is not just going to be a pile of crap, but it’s going to create a better future for people.
The next book is going to give me hope.
The idea of going back to it is not so crazy, really.
I mean, it is so much better than what I am doing now.
But I have a lot of books that I have written.
The fact that I had a couple of kids when I was writing The King means that I’m in the process of writing a couple more books, and I want the books to come out with a good sense of closure.
The last book, which is a collection of essays on religion and philosophy, that I wrote, I think has an ending that is satisfying to me.
It’s a little bit sad that I was so happy when I wrote that book.
I wish that it were a different kind of book.
It would have been a different book, because I wanted to give the reader a different ending.
The only way I know to do that is to make the book the ending, but the way that I did that is really, really satisfying to a certain extent.
But the book itself is not the end.
It is a book that’s a kind of a meditation on religion.
It has an interesting conclusion.
And it is a very difficult book to write.
You are writing it on your own.
Hitcheson : No.
The book is an exercise in writing, but not a book to be written on your hands, not a memoir.
I’m writing it from the point of view of an academic.
I know that’s not the point.
You know, I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time at the wrong time.
And I know I am very lucky to have had that kind of an education.
But at the end of the day, I do not have a million-dollar prize for this book.
Hitchetson : You know what?
If you were to give a million dollars to anyone who is trying to save a book, I would gladly take that money.
I would be very generous.
And if you’re going to get the Nobel Prize for literature, you might as well do it.
You would be doing yourself a great service.
But you know, there is an old saying that goes, I want a hundred pages.
If you give me one, I will read it.
It does not matter if it’s an essay, a piece of writing.
You just have to give it a thousand words.
If it is an essay about something, I can read it all in one sitting.
And so it is the same with a book.
If a book is good, then I want it to be good.
If there is a big controversy, then we are going to have to find a way