One of these things is not like the others
SULLIVAN, HITCHENS AND ORWELL
Well, in the end we couldn’t resist. I’ve just finished reading Christopher Hitchens’ lively, witty and oddly moving defense of the life and work of George Orwell: “Why Orwell Matters.” If you’ve read all of Orwell (and I’m getting close) or have barely read him at all, the book is both a wonderful introduction to the man’s work and a stimulating overview of all the issues he raises. Orwell’s ability to confound both right and left, his tenacious honesty, his pellucid prose, his power of moral reasoning, his ability to distinguish between an argument and a feeling – all these come through loud and clear in this little book. Buy it and read it and then join Hitch and me for a weeklong conversation at the end of the month [my emphasis] about what Orwell means, and why his example still shines, perhaps more brightly than ever, in an era of war and ideological conflict. Buying the book through this site also helps support us financially, so enrich your mind and support this blog by getting the book today. Click here to purchase.
It’s not enough that Andy equates Bush with Churchill, FDR, Ming the Merciless, and Freddie Patek, former shortstop for the Kansas City Royals (okay, I made that last one up), he now has the hubris to list his name as well as that of besotted, hygienically-challenged Christopher Hitchens alongside the legendary George Orwell. Today he is inviting everyone to join him late in the month to this Algonquin kiddies-table, meeting of the minds where they’re going to go all “big brains” for us.
I am of two minds about this end-of-the-month meeting between England’s worst exports since Gene Loves Jezebel. On the one hand their “discussion’ is bound to devolve from Orwell, to Democrats, to Clinton’s penis, to Howell Raines, to the inability to find a really good fitting pair of leather pants, then proceed on to all the places that they have been fired from because they are such iconoclasts, yadda yadda yadda. Then Sully will get all pissy when Hitch throws up on Sully’s new reptile leather Madiso Gold Tipped Lace-up’s. Afterwards, hilarious hijinks will ensue.
Then again this discussion should provide hours of stuff to comment on, so I guess I should count my blessings.