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”

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)”

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