June 24, 2003
Why Orwell Matters
Tomorrow marks 100 years since George Orwell's birth, making it a good time to re-think some of his ideas. A good book to read in this respect is Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens. It's a fast read and has lots of interesting info. Most people have read Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, but there's a lot more about him to discover. Orwell's real name was Eric Blair and he was a leftist. His political views are interesting given that the right tends to invoke warnings of Orwellian-type government power more often than the left.