This is our ninth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. The brown haired girl slips Winston a note in this, one of the most exciting chapters so far. What does the note say? It says, “I LOVE YOU.” That certainly was not what he was expecting, but he can go with that. Love gives you energy from seemingly nowhere, but utopian visions for the future cannot summon the same for themselves. Dystopian futures come from trying to squeeze that out of people who would otherwise prefer to get on with their own lives.
This is our eighth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston goes for a walk and attempts an amateur historical interview on a muddle-brained ole prole. Sociological research takes time, the aggregation of many interviews, freedom to compile the evidence. Winston’s not going to be able to fight the Party by going out and furtively talking to one prole here and there. Winston caves and goes back to the junk shop where he bought the diary. Dystopia and having to look over your shoulder all the time are not congenial to being human.
This is the fourth episode on Chapter 5: First Cell, First Love in The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Prison librarians, Soviet POWs, loyalty to Motherland despite everything. When the USSR shared in the victory of World War Two, the gulag prisoners did not share in that victory.
This is the third episode on Chapter 5: First Cell, First Love in The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. We get a look at Lubyanka prison routines and one or two of the members of small nations who passed through the gulag system. We get to meet that Estonian luminary, Arnold Susi. We also hear a little about prisoners’ rights in the Lubyanka prison. Prison doctors.
This is our seventh episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In this episode, we look at Party hypocrisy in their claims of liberating the Proles while they actively look down on the Proles. As well, they practically command you to deny the evidence of your own senses as you give your ultimate loyalty to the Party. Winston once held evidence of a lie in Party propaganda, but does having evidence destroy a lie? Even more, does having proof to back up a lie destroy the truth?