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Showing posts from August 3, 2008

If You're As Sick of the Olympics As I Am, Read This

From a story I wrote a ways back....Phyllis interrupts in her sing-song official hostess register, struggling to integrate the conversation so as to put on a good face before the imminent arrival of company. “Did you all watch the Olympics?” Phyllis loves the Olympics, especially since they have now removed almost any trace of sports in favor of the type of “human interest stories” out of which she has made a career:
First Announcer: [In the studio.]OK, let’s go to the women’s downhill event, taped earlier today and brought to you live.[Cut to a multicolored blur zooming past the finish line at 80 miles an hour.]First Announcer: You know, the winner of today’s women’s downhill ski race was a plucky young American named White Bread who overcame AIDS, SIDS, Ebola, a cold sore, Mad Cow disease, prostate cancer, bad air, acephaly, demonic possession, dysthymia, dyslexia, anorexia, bulimia, fear of heights, fear of open spaces, fear of inclines, fear of snow, fear …

Orwell's Proposed Preface to ‘Animal Farm’: Never Published Until 1972

You should be able to figure out why it wasn't published.

George Orwell, "The Freedom of the Press"This book was first thought of, so far as the central idea goes, in 1937, but was not written down until about the end of 1943. By the time when it came to be written it was obvious that there would be great difficulty in getting it published (in spite of the present book shortage which ensures that anything describable as a book will ‘sell’), and in the event it was refused by four publishers. Only one of these had any ideological motive. Two had been publishing anti-Russian books for years, and the other had no noticeable political colour. One publisher actually started by accepting the book, but after making the preliminary arrangements he decided to consult the Ministry of Information, who appear to have warned him, or at any rate strongly advised him, against publishing it. Here is an extract from his letter:I mentioned the reaction I had had from an important official …

Anthrax Mystery: Questions Raised over Whether Government Is Framing Dead Army Scientist for 2001 Attacks

More here:
Glenn Greenwald, attorney and blogger at His recent posts include “Vital Unresolved Anthrax Questions and ABC News”, “Additional Key Facts Re: The Anthrax Investigation” and “Journalists, Their Lying Sources, and the Anthrax Investigation”Dr. Meryl Nass, expert on anthrax and editor of the blog