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The Books: Arguably, ‘On Animal Farm’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens wrote an entire book on Orwell called Why Orwell Matters (it’s great, no surprise). His mentions of Orwell in print probably run into the hundreds of thousands. And not … Continue reading

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2+2=5

I know I’m reading a lot of totalitarian literature when I see the following gigantic billboard of Ray Liotta on the corner of 42nd and 8th and immediately think: I love Big Brother.

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Today in history: November 7, 1917

Yesterday’s post was a bit prescient, considering that today is the anniversary of one of the most seismic events of the 20th century: The Russian Revolution (or, at least, that first successful power-grab.) Look at that rogue’s gallery. I love … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Inside the Whale’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell “Inside the Whale” is a gigantic essay which is a review of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer (the book is its focal point), but also spans out to discuss … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Looking Back on the Spanish War’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia details his personal observations of the Spanish Civil War in the mid to late 1930s. He had gone there to fight for the Republicans … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Reflections on Gandhi’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell I love the first words of Orwell’s 1949 review of Gandhi’s partial autobiography, published in the 1920s: Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent… Christopher … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Politics and the English Language’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell One of the most essential pieces of writing about writing in existence. I would give this to any young writer, or writer hopeful, to say, “Read this and learn.” … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Shooting an Elephant’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell ‘Shooting an Elephant’, from 1936, is one of George Orwell’s most famous essays. It remains one of the best descriptions of how Empire operates, at its ugliest, and Orwell … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Rudyard Kipling’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell “I woshipped Kipling at 13, loathed him at 17, enjoyed him at 20, despised him at 25, and now again rather admire him.” – George Orwell, 1936 I think … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Charles Dickens’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell Orwell’s essay on Dickens is a monster. It could be a small book. Dickens is one of my favorite authors, and Orwell’s essay is essential reading, one of the … Continue reading

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