Saturday, August 9, 2008

Orwell's Diaries

George Orwell's diaries will gradually be digitized on this blog -- the first entry went up today. Not the brightest of starts but it should be worth the occasional visit, esp. as it grows.

(Orwell's editorials are definitely worth reading. For instance, from the Jan 1944 archives:

However, this honours-list business [i.e. the knighthoods etc.] has one severely practical aspect, and that is that a title is a first-class alias. Mr X can practically cancel his past by turning himself into Lord Y. Some of the ministerial appointments that have been made during this war would hardly have been possible without some such disguise.)

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