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George Orwell, Call Your Office!

The military sometimes has a way with words that brings a smile to even the most skeptical taxpayer.Check out this language from a Wednesday contract...

Confessions of (Another) Book Reviewer

(Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays. Subscribe to his RSS feed.) My career as a book reviewer started with a cold call. The year before, I had...

China's Orwell

In 2005, Penguin paid $100,000 for the English-language rights to Jiang Rong's Wolf Totem, a coming-of-age tale set in Inner Mongolia. It was a record sum for...

Should George Orwell Blog?

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle," noted George Orwell in a weekly newspaper column in 1946. To help him keep focused, the author...

Orwell Up Close

Is there a college student alive who hasn't heard of George Orwell? Or his prescient novels Animal Farm and 1984 — at least in their Hollywood versions? Or any...

Firm Warfare

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Eric Blair, known to posterity as George Orwell, it seems appropriate to ask whether he got it wrong. In 1984 Orwell was...

Television: Whitewashing the Farm

More than 50 years ago, George Orwell wrote a simple beast fable about a revolution devolving from idealism ("All animals are equal") to oppression ("...but some...

Return of the Luddites

The mere words socialism and communism," wrote George Orwell 62 years ago, "draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist,...

The George Orwell Doublespeak Explanation

BRENT MYDLAND The Grateful Dead returned to the road last week without their keyboardist, who died in July of a cocaine and morphine overdose. But what really...

A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 28, 1983

Senior Writer Paul Gray was an impressionable high school student when he first encountered Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell's masterwork. "I was frightened...

That Year Is Almost Here

But George Orwell's message for 1984 is bigger than Big Brother He thought it was "a good idea ruined," that futuristic fable he had planned on calling The...

Cinema: Cautionary Tale Without Cliches 1984

RV As narrative, Nineteen Eighty-Four is simple to the point of banality. Complexities of plot and psychology are, as George Orwell understood, inimical to the...

Books: Notes from a Black Country

THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER (264 pp.)—George Orwell — Harcourt, Brace ($4.50). George Orwell was a pilgrim who hated progress and found an empty shrine at the end...