Nineteen Eighty-Four remains the book we turn to when truth is mutilated, when language is distorted, when power is abused, when we want to know how bad things can get.”


The book is The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984, and The Guardian offers a preview.

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, by Dorian Lynskey

Every generation turns to it in times of political turmoil, and this extract from a new book about the novel examines its relevance in the age of fake news and Trump

Orwell’s fear, incubated during the months he spent fighting in the Spanish civil war, that “the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world” is the dark heart of Nineteen Eighty-Four. It gripped him long before he came up with Big Brother, Oceania, newspeak or the telescreen, and it’s more important than any of them. In its original 1949 review, Life correctly identified the essence of Orwell’s message: “If men continue to believe in such facts as can be tested and to reverence the spirit of truth in seeking greater knowledge, they can never be fully enslaved.” Seventy years later, that feels like a very large if.

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Amid the vapid intellectual carnage inflicted by pay-to-play Gahanism, it’s worth thinking about George Orwell’s fundamental truthfulness.

Gahan Doublespeak Blues (Husqvarna Mix): Say goodbye to your trees, Mt. Tabor Road residents, because it’s time again to “improve the tree canopy” by flattening a few hundred of them.

THE BEER BEAT: The Moon Under Water — so, how does Orwell’s perfect pub look today?

Sunday morning coffee reading: “Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity.”

Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and right about now.