Read Them Before They’re Banned

Fewer than two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have shaken up everyone who has good judgment and a basic sense of decency. True, that isn’t everyone.  David Duke is thrilled, but a lot of us aren’t. Many of us have found an outlet, though.  We can register protests, either in person or through some other means. Book lovers have an immediate reaction.  We look for any fiction or nonfiction relevant to the Fascist crap we see coming from the White House. Some recommended titles are The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray … Continue reading Read Them Before They’re Banned

Is Orwell Reaching People Who Really Need to Read His Book? Probably Not.

At the end of this post is a link to a story in The Guardian, reporting that sales of 1984 by George Orwell have increased. This is good news, but I’m guessing most people who are buying the book are already aware of the dangers of Donald Trump’s Administration.  They didn’t vote for him. Trump’s supporters are clueless cult followers.  They have a knee-jerk, flimsy answer to every challenge, and they can’t accept the embarrassing reality that they’re grasping at straws.  They don’t question Kellyanne Conway’s Alternative Facts because their own defensiveness is no better, and they aren’t going to read literature because their … Continue reading Is Orwell Reaching People Who Really Need to Read His Book? Probably Not.