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Conservative commentator appears to think George Orwell wrote Harry Potter

Many LGBTQ+ people have chosen to distance themselves from Harry Potter author JK Rowling in recent years over her stance on trans rights, raising questions about whether you can truly separate art from the artist.One conservative commentator in America took that separation a bit too far, however, and appeared to think it was 1984 writer George Orwell who penned the book about the boy wizard with a superiority complex.The embarrassing blunder was made by Candace Owens about President Joe Biden’s administration creating a Disinformation Governance Board. Operating under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it’ll look into misleading information about...
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Thoughts from George Orwell on banning books - circa 1941

In the news, Barnes & Noble announced the 2022 top 10 banned and challenged books in libraries and schools. The top 10 include two books by George Orwell, “Animal Farm” and “1984,” published in 1945 and 1949 respectively. They have been on lists of banned books from their date of publication. Orwell is the only author with two books consistently on these lists.
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The Quietus

Because You’re Worth It: Jake Chapman Rectifies George Orwell

With his brother Dinos, Jake Chapman has consistently offered up visions of hell. Now, in this new re-telling of 1984 for Urbanomic Press, he turns his attention to the hell of contemporary society. As a young punk, 1984 stood out to me as a literary disappointment. I grew up in...
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As a kid, George Orwell practiced black magic on a bully—and it worked.

Today marks the 72-year anniversary of the death of George Orwell, writer, journalist and scathing reviewer of Mein Kampf. Despite the distance between his lifetime and our own, it’s only this decade that we learned of a particularly surprising childhood event of his: the time he practiced black magic . . . and it worked.
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KPFA Special: The Other Side of George Orwell with Rebecca Solnit

Guest: Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including Recollections of My Nonexistence, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. Her latest, Orwell’s Roses.
San Francisco Examiner

Rebecca Solnit’s newest book pays homage to George Orwell

Everyone — well, almost everyone — knows of George Orwell, whose classic dystopian parable, Nineteen Eighty-Four, is regularly summoned upon as commentary on the political climate of the day. Leave it to Rebecca Solnit to cast new light on our understanding of the British author. Solnit’s new book, “Orwell’s Roses,”...
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How George Orwell Inspired Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo Journalism

In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing. Where it is not true, it will generally be found that the writer is some kind of rebel, expressing his private opinions and not a ‘party line.’. – Essays, George Orwell. George Orwell wrote those words in...

George Orwell stopped and smelled the roses, and Rebecca Solnit wants modern people to do the same

In the first few weeks after Donald Trump got elected, George Orwell — an author who died in 1950, when Trump was still a child — saw his books rocket to the top of bestseller lists. The gaslighting of an authoritarian figure like Trump renewed the public's interests in Orwell's writings, especially his novel "1984," as a spotlight into the tactics that fascists and other far-right figures use to crush the human spirit.
Daily Herald

Book review: A fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener

"Orwell's Roses" by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" shot to the top of best-seller lists. Suddenly, it seemed, readers wanted to reacquaint themselves with a world in which "war is peace" and "two plus two equals five." That historical moment...
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Want to really understand George Orwell? Look at his rose bushes

Anyone who is as weary as I am of the brutal infighting and name calling of first-world campus feminists should turn with relief to the mature wisdom and broad perspectives of Rebecca Solnit. Hailing from San Francisco, she seems to have inherited the noblest values of the hippie movement that flourished there during her childhood: something generously liberal balances her radical anger at the wrongs done to the powerless and her anxiety about the destruction of the natural world.

Review: A fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener

“Orwell’s Roses,” by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” shot to the top of bestseller lists. Suddenly, it seemed, readers wanted to reacquaint themselves with a world in which “war is peace” and “two plus two equals five.”. That historical moment...