george orwell

Jura distillery releasing 1984 malt in George Orwell commemoration

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jura distillery, long a key sponsor at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has now found a perhaps slightly more dubious route to literary celebrity, deciding to issue a special limited edition 1984 malt whisky, to mark 30 years since the date of George Orwell’s eponymous novel. [...]

Will Self envies George Orwell’s mediocrity

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

Oh the woes of being Will Self. No one is going to shoot at you across a barren stretch of contested Spanish earth in a great faceoff between rival ideologies. No one is going to hunt you through the streets of Barcelona for “rabid Trotskyism.” No one is going to drop a flying bomb on [...]

In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2014 // 12 Comments

There she goes again. Salon’s Laura Miller has penned the latest in a series of tirades against Amazon, this one summing up the squabble thus far and taking issue with Amazon’s quotation of Orwell’s discussion of paperbacks in its “Readers United” letter explaining that lower prices were [...]

R.I.P. Richard Hoggart: A force for literacy, and culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the UK’s most articulate and forceful thinkers, and actors, in the cause of popular education and cultural uplift has just died. Richard Hoggart, born in Leeds in 1918 the son of a housepainter who died in his first year, came from the most authentic English working class background [...]

The cost of books, versus the cost of other things

By libertyc
August 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Salon Magazine has an interesting piece by Kaya Genç, reprinted from the L.A. Review of Books, comparing the cost of reading to other things, following in the footsteps of George Orwell who in “Books v. Cigarettes” calculated that he spent £25 per year on books but £40 per year on [...]

Post-PRISM "Nineteen Eighty-Four" sales spike points up Orwell’s split position

By libertyc
June 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One off-the-wall consequence of the sudden disclosures regarding the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM digital surveillance program earlier this week was the much-reported spike in sales of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”—with Penguin Plume’s recent Centennial [...]

On privacy, and the use of our personal information

By libertyc
June 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

There’s been lots in the news recently about this issue. The latest article I’ve seen was from All Things D about Google wanting permission to reveal how many FISA requests its received. I think this is a good time for us to be thinking about our information, how it’s collected and what [...]

Getting philosophical about the future of reading

By libertyc
May 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mark Kingwell, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, has just delivered his thoughts on “Does reading have a future?” for the Ottawa Citizen, distilling his conclusions from a keynote speech on ‘The Future of Reading’ for the 40th anniversary AGM of the Writers’ Union of [...]

Banned book trading cards earn prestigious award

By libertyc
April 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library found an innovative way to celebrate Banned Book Week last fall when it produced art trading cards. Lawrence Library picked seven books to put on its trading cards from 46 submissions. Books included 1984 (pictured), Animal Farm, and Little Red Riding Hood. The [...]

New Orwell cover designs obscure an Orwellian copyright saga

By libertyc
January 10, 2013 // 6 Comments

Penguin Books, along with its seriously talented team of graphic designers, is making great play of its latest rebooting of the George Orwell franchise. Coverage from the Huffington Post to the Creative Review lauds Penguin’s brave and high-minded initiative to relaunch Orwell’s works with [...]

Aldous Huxley writes to George Orwell about 1984

By Paul Biba
March 8, 2012 // 1 Comment

Back in 2010 I mentioned the blog Letters of Note.  It’s a blog that publishes letters, postcards, telegrams faxes and memos.  Now they have a fascinating letter from Aldous Huxley to Oeorge Orwell.  Here’s what they say: In October of 1949, a few months after the release of George [...]

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