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Penguin Releases Amazing New Orwell Covers

Posted 03.09.2013 | Home

Penguin Books in the UK has released a re-issue of George Orwell's best-known books, designed by David Pearson - and they're really quite stunning. ...

Orwell's Advice on How to Write in Revolutionary Times

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 01.08.2013 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

America is at a crossroads. We are experiencing tensions, familiar to historians, between the haves and have-nots, and their respective allies. In his essay, Orwell described the age in which he lived as "tumultuous, revolutionary" -- just like ours.

Romney's Napoleon Complex

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

My Orwell came back to me when I saw Romney's new car commercial that's running in Ohio, not only the most crucial swing state but also a place where they build a lot of cars.

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

Humpty Dumpty & Friend

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Romney/Ryan have piously wrapped themselves in the rhetoric of "bipartisanship." As with much of the bombast coming from their campaign, it is manifest nonsense.

Postmodern Stress Disorder

Landon Ross | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Landon Ross

It's a strategy that has for the most part gone unpenalized by a media which seems resigned to playing sportscaster when its real duty is referee, having manacled itself with the irrelevance that comes in the service of "balance."

Hey, Apple! Get Off My Tail!

Stanley Bing | Posted 12.14.2012 | Technology
Stanley Bing

It's just the beginning, guys. Every breath you take. Every move you make. Every bond you break, every step you take, Apple will be watching you. Unless you find the well-hidden option, that is.

Occupy Wall Street: A Year Later

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's far too early to tell what the overall impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be on American politics. One year later, we know that the action in Zuccotti Park changed the conversation by putting economic injustice back on the nation's radar.

The Prisoner: "I Am Not a Number. I Am a Free Man!"

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.28.2012 | TV
John W. Whitehead

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who w...

Writing the Inevitable but Unexpected

David Kudler | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
David Kudler

Getting the justification right is every storyteller's goal, and one of the more challenging aspects of storytelling. Aristotle said that the end of an effective plot must be "unexpected but inevitable.

'Orwellian' Goldman Does Not Mean What It Says, Judge Declares

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

A federal judge has described Goldman Sachs as "Orwellian," which doesn't mean the company is staffed by talking pigs, but rather that -- like the Ing...

Progressives, Progress and Government: An Unholy Trinity?

Nick Jefferson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Nick Jefferson

'Progressive.' There's a word that's bandied about a fair amount in politics on both sides of the pond. But what does it actually mean?

Is Progress Possible?

Gary Hart | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

For those who believe in a society, that to some degree we are all in this together, there are three choices: resist change, stagnate or progress. So far, no one has discovered how to progress without the institutions of government.

Media: Buy Us!

Steven Weber | Posted 06.29.2012 | Media
Steven Weber

The joke is, of course, any amount of digging will eventually reveal a very different truth than the one packaged and sold by the media masters, one in which the intellectual and social welfare (ahem) of the citizenry is the last thing on their greedy little minds.

The Politics of The Hunger Games

Michael Wallach | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Michael Wallach

What is the meaning of this shot? Why end the film there? Certainly, the new Lionsgate-Summit Entertainment conglomerate hopes to continue the tension between these characters to entice us into a sequel; but what is this tension made of?

New '1984' Adaptation In The Works

Posted 05.22.2012 | Entertainment

Has "The Hunger Games" inspired a surge of dystopian movies? According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainme...

George Lois's Innovation Bible 'Damn Good Advice'

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Andrea Chalupa

Long considered a legend for giving Esquire's covers in the sixties the force of Picasso's "Guernica," Lois shares his 120 commandments for creativity in Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!).

What Do You Conform To?

Rabbi Josh Feigelson | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Josh Feigelson

Conforming has gotten a bad rap of late. Well, not really of late. More like of the last few hundred years.

The History Of Animals In Art, Literature And Music

Posted 02.16.2012 | Arts

The Morgan Library is exhibiting a collection of works illustrating how history's greatest artists, writers and musicians were inspired by animals. ...

Moscow or Beijing?

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

2012 begins with the Russian and Chinese constellations once again falling into alignment.

An 'Animal Farm' Enters the Annals of US Border Enforcement

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Schivone

The federal deployment of horses to the border is creating a rodeo of dramatic irony that would assail even the imagination of classic satirist George Orwell.

Kay on Havel, Orwell and the Greengrocer

Robert Teitelman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media
Robert Teitelman

John Kay has a characteristically graceful little column today in the Financial Times that opens up new vistas rather than slams doors shut. This is rare and worth an end-of-the-year comment or two.

Tracking Vaclav Havel: From Orwell To Vermont And Into Prague

Lucas Kavner | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

This past week we lost a writer and a major intellectual, and we lost a brutal, confounding dictator. We also lost a playwright, a rebel, a rockstar, a chain-smoker, a renowned artist, a non-profit leader, and one of the most beloved presidents in history.

The Folie De Grandeur of Rogue Traders

Robert Lenzner | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Robert Lenzner

Listen up! I have just finished reading the brilliant, fast-paced How To Be A Rogue Trader in global finance by the prize-winning Associate Editor of the Financial Times, John Gapper and hereby recommend it as required reading, ASAP.

Where Is George Orwell When We Need Him?

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

American Crossroads and the FEC are living in fantasy land and neither the FEC regulation nor the American Crossroads Advisory Opinion Request can stand the light of day.