Christopher Hitchens, on TALK OF THE NATION to discuss 1984, notes that this is also the anniversary of Thomas Paine's death...Paine being an inspiration to Orwell. (Who, Hitchens also notes, was instructed in French at Eton by Aldous Huxley.)
I always wanted to see an edition of 1984 with big posters of "W" on the cover.
You have to love the plunging neckline (and, I suppose, also the 'beater) on the cover of the Signet edition here, both for their clumsiness and their lack of appropriateness to the text.
I do love the plunging neckline. Yes, I do.
Yes, Gerald, but if we're to have a plunging meckline, at least get Robert McGinnis or someone similarly talented to take that plunge.
One of those books that stays with you forever. That neckline fools you into thinking it's fluff.
Rats, I forgot. (Get it, rats?)
I'll take what I can get, Todd.
Actually it's not Big Brother anymore that's watching - a Finnish critic created a term "Some Brother" (or "somebrother"; "jokuveli" in Finnish, doesn't translate well). We all have the devices (cell phones with cameras etc.) with which can watch each other and also those in the power, but the power has also the devices, as does the economical elite, with all the surveillance cameras around the shops and such. So everyone's under someone's surveillance all the time, but there's no point in that, since it doesn't help anyone's stay in the power. I thought this war a pretty good explanation of the recent times.
The English term could be "abrother".
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