Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Who Controls the Blog Controls the Future

A few months ago, while re-re-re-reading Down and Out in Paris and London, I remarked to a friend that I was "going through an Orwell phase." "You and the rest of the world" he responded. As if to prove his point, The Orwell Prize has announced that they are going to publish every one of George Orwell's diary entries, exactly 70 years after it was written, on this blog starting August 9. As one would expect, the diaries cover events both personal and political and will allow readers to follow the egg production of Orwell's domestic hens, his recovery from a gunshot to the neck during the Spanish Civil War, and his observations on the descent of Europe into World War II.

It sounds like a very clever way to introduce readers to the range of interest of one of the 20th century's most important writers, as well as being a smart and timely blog. "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

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