Tag Archives: Orwell

Rewriting and Forgetting History in Today’s Ever Present Moment

1984 is here. The Orwellian Era has officially begun in the United States. CNN reports (external link) that a large statute dedicated to Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia will be removed on Wednesday under orders by authorities of that … Continue reading

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Whose Science? What Science?

I’m tired of people asking why those refusing a vaccine shot don’t believe “the science.” What science? Whose science? And get that belief out of your system. Go to church if you want to believe. What we need these proponents … Continue reading

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Climbing Milestone Mountain by Kenneth Rexroth

I know Rexroth (internal link) from his translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry. I have none of his books anymore because I always gave them away. Those collections are that beautiful. Here we have a personal poem with Rexroth in … Continue reading

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Amen and Awoman?!

Monday, January 4, 2021 “When I use a word,”Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘It means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” In the news this morning: “Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., altered … Continue reading

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The Unknown Orwell

Although Orwell is best known for 1984 and Animal Farm, his greatest writing may have been his first novel, Down and Out in Paris and London. (external link) It is rarely reviewed or mentioned yet it is a powerful, hammering … Continue reading

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Is This a British Attitude or Something Else?

I was astounded by this writing from Wallpaper* Magazine (external link).  This review talks about equality at the same time they admire a private club with a “suitably rigorous admittance process.” This sounds like the same upper class that Orwell … Continue reading

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Not Only

Writers use “not only” to vary their writing but it can be wordy. It also brings in a negative tone with the word “not.” See how much more direct the second instances are compared to the first. In the first … Continue reading

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A Bot’s Answer to Pretentious Artist Statements

The online Oxford Living Dictionaries defines bollocks in this way: Plural Noun British vulgar slang 1. The testicles. 2. (treated as singular ) Nonsense; rubbish (used to express contempt or disagreement, or as an exclamation of annoyance). Solidy in keeping … Continue reading

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Kipling and Long Sentences

Kipling and Long Sentences I prefer short sentences and paragraphs. Think Orwell, or better yet, newspaper columnists like Delaplane (internal link). I am constantly amazed, however, at how writers like Conrad and Kipling and Melville carry off long sentences. This … Continue reading

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Down And Out In Paris And London by George Orwell

I left Boris at my room and went down to the pawnshop. When I got there I found that it was shut and would not open till four in the afternoon. It was now about half-past one, and I had … Continue reading

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