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I started rereading 1984 over the weekend. Given the current sociopolitical climate, I think Orwell would be the perfect choice for this year's One Book, One Chicago project. Alas, I doubt the mayor and the Chicago Public Library will agree. Instead, I give you:

Today's relevant Orwell quote: "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug into your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."

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If you ever get deeper into Orwell I recommend reading his columns “Revenge is Sour” and “Hell”. In my mind those are his two most thought provoking pieces and proves how relevant his writing is.

A good amount of work can be found at this website:

Also, if you’re interested in information about Trotsky check out:

That site has loads of wonderful information about the man and his writings, also has some information about modern day Trotskyites.

amg @ 08/06/2002 09:51 PM CST

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