Saturday, April 18, 2015

Digesting Orwell

“Food-packet rhetoric, like most advertising, is mainly in the business of selling nice feelings. Especially on-trend these days is an ersatz, kitschy friendliness. On a bar of chocolate, for example, the manufacturers boast that “we use only the finest quality organic beans from our friends in the Dominican Republic”. (Isn’t it nice that they are friends?)” The Guardian on Glorious Good and Orwell

vintage shorts
“Vintage/Anchor Books is now experimenting with selling short stories à la carte, through its Vintage Shorts digital imprint. Throughout May, to mark Short Story Month, Vintage will release a digital short story each day for 99 cents, the price of many iTunes singles.” The range is wide, form Poe, Chekhov, Imrich, and Cather to Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri and Junot Diaz.

"Don’t leave too much behind, or you’ll bury the good stuff.) She finds that a “shrine,” if you can manage it, is also a plus: “Choose a pretty place to live (or die) in,” Jackson writes, and “die young.” All these occurrences contribute to a compelling “personal myth,” which is worth a hundred good reviews  Bizarre complicated formula to dying as bohemian

Since 1945, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has maintained the Doomsday Clock—a clock with a minute hand that moves closer or farther from midnight (doomsday) every year depending on the direness of humanity's situation. This year, the clock is three minutes to midnight. That's two minutes closer to apocalypse than in 2014.
Here's When We're Going To Die: Check Out The Doomsday Dashboard