This is our eleventh episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We get to know Winston and Julia a bit better, and we see their differing outlooks on survival in dystopia. Sex in dystopia: sex is personal, but the consequences are hardly private. Winston believes they are dead though they live — against Big Brother, Julia believes now is a good time to have a good time — in spite of Big Brother. Then the old question: What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (I’ve heard that once before, but not from you . . . )
This is our tenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston meets up with the Brown Haired Girl! We talk about sex, profanity, beauty, revolt, and the reassertion of basic humanity. Hypocrisy poisons goodness, but goodness is still worth it. Could a desire for corruption and death of a bad system reveal a hope for the resurrection of the dead? We’ll talk about it!
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?
This is our sixth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In this episode, we get into the subject of dystopia and sexuality. Sexuality is an important theme in literature and in what it means to be human, and in our closer look at Nineteen Eighty-Four, this chapter ambushes us with it, as it is the most . . . noteworthy feature of an otherwise boring chapter. Dystopia does strange things to human sexuality. This topic will be coming back as we go further through Orwell’s classic dystopia, so you’ll be hearing more from us on this one!
Happy New Year! This is our fifth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We go with Winston to lunch. We look at the instinctual revolt against the conditions of life in Airstrip One, see that the brains of the Party hate the hearts, and . . . oh my goodness . . . was that another instance of someone being able to read FACES???
This is our fourth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We go to work with Winston and see him as he plows into his job. There is a strong element of satire and poking fun at the composition of news articles in this chapter. With this episode, we here at Food for Thought Police give a hearty three cheers for journalistic integrity.