Big Brother, Where Art Thou?

Oh yes, there you are, with your party hat on. What with the recent NSA scandal, George Orwell’s dystopian caution that “Big Brother is watching you” has never seemed so relevant. In fact, sales of 1984 skyrocketed just after news broke that the US government was tapping into your average Verizon member’s mundane phone calls.…

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NSA Scandal Creates Summer’s Hottest Best Seller: Orwell’s 1984

(Photo credit) Isaac Asimov described George Orwell‘s dystopian novel 1984 as an “attempt to show what life would be like in a world of total evil, in which those controlling the government kept themselves in power by brute force, by distorting the truth, by continually rewriting history, by mesmerising the people generally.” The novel was written in 1948 and thus set…

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If This Grumpy Cat Could Talk…

Literature’s grumpiest quotes meet Tardar Sauce, the world’s grumpiest cat. —Noël Coward —Edgar Allen Poe —Jane Austen —A. N. Wilson —Friederich Nietzche –George Orwell, 1984 What other grumpy quotes could we make Tardar Sauce say? Let’s get catankerous, people.

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Visualizing George Orwell’s 1984

1984 in pictures = very plusgood. 1984 is one scary, scary book. Just think of what our lives would be like had Orwell’s imaginings of the future come true. We’d all be massive TV addicts living in a state of heightened government security, devoted to machines. Phew, I’m glad those ideas didn’t pan out… Actually,…

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“All this happened, more or less”*: Ten Great Opening Sentences in Fiction

Sometimes the opening sentence of a novel comes down on you like the safety bar on a roller coaster. That first line locks you in; you tingle with excitement, anticipating the ride that is to come. Here are ten of the most engaging lines that begin works of fiction, some classics, some new, some you…

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