Museum of Human Achievement
"...Burning Down George Orwell's House..."
"... The DPS's and Federal government's Gestapo-like tactics worked the first time around with the Rave Act. That legislation is in place (it was slipped in with the Amber Alert Bill) and more or less outlawed "raves" and any other group event deemed "dangerous" by our esteemed lawmakers. George Orwell was off by 20 years...."
"...Artistic vanities, especially the cult of the romantic starving artiste, have always been sitting ducks for satiric terrorism. Among the writers who've taken their shots in this century, the most diabolically merciless -- the veritable Carlos the Jackals of their realm -- have been such renowned British curmudgeons as Kingsley Amis, Evelyn Waugh, and George Orwell..."
"...Years ago, in a futuristic novel, the author wrote about the rise of a tyrannical regime that ruled by indoctrinating the masses to accept the perverse notion of capricious truth. It was George Orwell's 1984, which depicted a dystopia he named Oceania..."
"...As it turns out, he is – the Guy Fawkes mask cloaking his face, with its postcoital Mona Lisa grin and echoes of powder-kegs past is a dead giveaway. He’s also the last virulent gasp and raised fist of rebellion amidst a cowed and broken British citizenry in the year 2020, a place we quickly discover is at once heavily, obviously redolent of the fascistic stink of George Orwell’s 1984, and, in the film’s most unnerving moments, a place with eerie parallels to the one in which the world – the real world – currently finds itself..."
"...But, when you’re talking about George Orwell's novel, well, things can get real insightful really fast – and pretty fucking creepy, too. And what about – hello, climate change – what about John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath?..."
"...Novelist and socialist George Orwell would hardly have been surprised to find his own words used in an "Orwellian" fashion. Such was the case on Sept..."
"...Eric Blair, 33. Writes under the name "George Orwell"; thus far, has had little success..."
"...If the first film was a gentle parable for children and adults alike, then Babe: Pig in the City -- its brash city cousin -- is a surrealistic, occasionally grim tale of valor in the face of terrifically bad odds. With occasional flashes of Orwell's Animal Farm and some set design that looks strangely cribbed from The City of Lost Children, it is easy to see why the filmmakers had difficulty securing that all-important G rating..."
"...If you missed the premiere of Animal Farm on TNT, there are several opportunities to catch this notable film produced by Hallmark Entertainment for the cable network. Based on the 1945 novel by George Orwell, the film features state-of-the art animatronic technology developed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, hundreds of live animals, and a bucolic Irish countryside...."
"...A novel is my way of thinking out loud," Hynes writes in "Why I Bother," an essay he contributed to a book of essays about writing, The Eleventh Draft: Craft and the Writing Life From the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Hynes explains that he read George Orwell's essay "Why I Write" when he was in his impressionable mid-twenties, and he accepted Orwell's four reasons for writing as his own (sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse ["desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity"], and political purpose)..."
"...For a while now, what was once considered beyond bizarre has come to be regarded as normal. George Orwell, who was always inspired in so many ways, now seems to have a Nostradamus-like prescience..."
"...Fertile ground for further research, as they say, and indeed the two are ripe for some tongue-in-jowl academic scrutiny. Namely, how does Babe offer a revisionist understanding of Orwell's famous maxim: "All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others"? The animated Animal Farm is darkly drawn and cynical in tone, and is remarkably faithful to George Orwell's dystopian fable of totalitarian times..."
"...-- George Orwell's paraphrase..."
"...The Austin Circle of Theatres' annual honors for excellence in local stage work are a deeply ingrained part of the local arts calendar, and with this, their 30th go-round (recognizing work mounted from August 2003 through July 2004), they're giving their loudest endorsement to a pair of homegrown musicals. Love Jerry, Megan Gogerty's difficult yet compassionate tale of a man who abuses his best friend's child and the repercussions of his act, and The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell's account of the living and working conditions of English miners reconceived by Chronicle Dance-Classical listings Editor Robi Polgar as a music hall entertainment, were both created in Austin and scored seven nominations each, including Outstanding Music Theatre Production, Original Script, and Original Score...."
"...The Isle of Jura, which you read about in Andrew Ervin’s recent novel Burning Down George Orwell’s House, a novel where the protagonist goes to Jura for what he hopes will be some whisky-fueled rest & relaxation, desperately needed, in the same rented cottage in which Orwell wrote his 1984...."
"...British author George Orwell's novel 1984 warned about the coming of an all-seeing Big Brother government. Sure enough, Britain today has a massive system of ubiquitous closed circuit television cameras in place so police can keep a constant watch on the citizenry..."
"...Nostradamus had nothing on George Orwell, who, presumably, is whirling in his grave even as we speak. By way of example, take this snippet from Orwell's too-close-for-comfort classic 1984:..."
"...In von Donnersmarck’s extraordinary new film, The Lives of Others, we’re dropped into a world that’s almost incomprehensible to those of us who’ve been lucky enough to live our lives free of government surveillance and interrogation rooms, a world where the Stasi once numbered nearly 100,000 employees and hundreds of thousands of informants, and individual thought was synonymous with criminality. Not even George Orwell could have come up with a place as horrible as communist Berlin..."
"...In the über-privileged U.S., that lockdown takes the form of a cozy, superinsulated trance. Playwright Robi Polgar, whose 2004 The Road to Wigan Pier (on which I worked) translated George Orwell's book about unemployed British miners into a skewed musical-satirical statement on 20th-century political science, observes blackly that Americans "are so insulated, we wouldn't know good art if it walked into a bus and blew itself up."..."