Hello Mr O’Connor,
I loved your April 9 Christopher Hitchens Sophistry video. Hitchens consistently got away with weaker points because he was just overflowing at the seams with charisma. He placed a higher value on audience engagement than he did (at times), the merit of a specific point.
As he points out forcefully in Hitch-22 and continually throughout his life. There is nothing worse than being boring. I left a comment saying as much on the video from an account called ‘The Idea Of’.
I, similar to yourself, am greatly influenced by the Hitch. I am sure I have consumed every minute of footage existing of the man, and find the self narrated version of the Hitch 22 audiobook something beautiful which can level me out.
It has been a pleasure discovering your channel. I subscribed to the podcast to listen to Dawkins and have stuck around for all the other brilliant content. Congratulations on the success of your different platforms. I am blown away that you managed to get your channel to a point of legitimacy which justifies the appearance of Dawkins, Murray and the like so early in your life… it almost feels like you’re on trajectory to supplement a recently passed horsemen.
I cannot wait to see you get Sam Harris on (which i’m sure is only a matter of time).
The purpose of me writing you this letter is two fold. Primarily, it is a vehicle which allows me to ask, if it would at all be possible, for the opportunity to interview you. And secondarily, the intention is to pass on praise and admiration.
What you have built through your channels is truly exceptional. It is of course, full credit to you, due to your hard work and intelligence, but nothing should discount the success of your channels so far. It seems to me your channel growth really has only just started though. As more countries, cultures and newer generations familiarise themselves with youtube, converters to atheism are surely going to further the existing trend upwards, positioning your channel firmly in the crosshairs of people’s ‘coming to grips’ with the alternative line of thought.
I would relish the chance to interview you. My channel is small (for now), so unfortunately I cannot leverage much in the way of exposure for your brand, but my intentions and our mutual interests are true.
My interviews attempt to narrow down for the guest – What is your path? How do you know you are on it? How did you find it? Who and what helped you along the way?
At root, we have a mutual and unusually pronounced admiration for Christopher Hitchens, I envisage us discussing the role he has played in our lives. We have learnt a lot from him, but let’s put a description wrapping on the abstract.
I am intrigued (more fascinated) by how a 21 year old has managed to achieve what you have achieved, therefore much to discuss concerning ‘the path’.
Seemingly there is much kindling underfoot that would make for a worthwhile discussion.
My name is Ryan Faulkner-Hogg, I am 25 years old and living in Australia. I have interviewed many people before, most notably Davis Cutter (tech entrepreneur).
I recently created ‘The Idea Of’ youtube channel and curiosity blog ‘Atlas Geographica’. My biggest influences are Christopher Hitchens, Tim Ferriss, Rolf Potts, Naval Ravikant, Russ Roberts and Alexandre Dumas.
I can only imagine how busy you are, given all of your commitments, and I respect your time. It would certainly not be my intention to waste it. Should you be willing, I would of course make myself available to anytime that suited you, and have prepared sufficiently to ensure to add as much value as possible.
It would be my absolute pleasure to interview you. I would be sure to do all I can to make it enjoyable, and god willing, not boring 😉
With my warmest regards, Ryan.
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