The Prevention of Literature by George Orwell *****

In our age, the idea of intellectual liberty is under attack from two directions. On the one side are its theoretical enemies, the apologists of totalitarianism, and on the other its immediate, practical enemies, monopoly and bureaucracy. Any writer or journalist who wants to retain his integrity finds himself thwarted by the general drift ofContinue reading “The Prevention of Literature by George Orwell *****”

Highlights from Zinky Boys

At the hospital I watched a Russian girl put a teddy bear on an Afghan boy’s bed. He picked up the toy with his teeth and played with it, smiling. He had no arms. ‘Your Russians shot him,’ his mother told me through the interpreter. ‘Do you have kids? A boy or a girl?’ IContinue reading “Highlights from Zinky Boys”

Sex Words for Writers

Wanting a word for a willy that doesn’t sound silly? A period appropriate term for a climax? Struggling to come up with yet another synonym for thrust? Wondering what your Victorian rake would call his lady love’s feminine features or how she would have described his dangling masculine participles? This may be the post forContinue reading “Sex Words for Writers”

An Experiment in Criticism by CS Lewis **** (or Why You’re a Pleb, t. CS Lewis)

It is pretty clear that the majority, if they spoke without passion and were fully articulate, would not accuse us of liking the wrong books, but of making such a fuss about any books at all. We treat as a main ingredient in our well-being something which to them is marginal. Hence to say simplyContinue reading “An Experiment in Criticism by CS Lewis **** (or Why You’re a Pleb, t. CS Lewis)”

Brokeback Mountain sort-of Close Reading

yet he is suffused with a sense of pleasure because Jack Twist was in his dream Holy fuck did I not know what I was in for when I started reading this. And reading this after having finished the whole thing–the fact that for the rest of his life what he’s living for is theseContinue reading “Brokeback Mountain sort-of Close Reading”

Hamlet’s Father by Orson Scott Card **

This is as much a rant as review. Don’t read it if you are easily triggered. You have been warned. I heard about Hamlet’s Father because of the controversy surrounding it, and I decided to read it for myself to see what all the fuss was about. Verdict: not much, in my opinion. But I’llContinue reading “Hamlet’s Father by Orson Scott Card **”

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia High Smith *****

I did technically read this for uni, and I’m glad I did, since I probably would never have picked it up otherwise. It’s been a while since a book’s kept me compulsively turning pages into the wee hours of the morning, even when I know I have to be up in a few hours andContinue reading “The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia High Smith *****”

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