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Dilettante

A cursory and curious listing of books and literatrivia. 

1984

1984 - I'm not sure why everyone is so freaked out about this pretty ordinary tale about a door-to-door salesman and his quest for meaning in a brutal work environment. The love affair between Winston and Julia is touching, though I'm not sure why it's so important that she fetishes the vacuum attachments Winston is trying to sell her on their first meeting.I was rather impressed by Orwell's ability to predict the invention of Creep-Vee, "The Television that Watches You!" (I'm not a big fan, though I know most of the kids really like it, especially the shows where they get to vote on who has to eat the raw goat's anus) I was also impressed by Orwell's ability to predict the rise of Fox News.