I’m re-reading George Orwell’s 1984. I read it for the first time years ago when, in this country, at least, it read like a science fiction story. Now it has a strange contemporary feel. Trump’s Ministry of Alternative Facts has not yet evolved to the point of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, but the Trump Administration is working on it. Although it has been said before, it needs to be emphasized repeatedly: 1984 was written as a warning, NOT an instruction manual.
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." - Ray Bradbury.
"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." - Juan Ramon Jimenez.
“I disagree with the advice ‘Write about what you know.’ Write about what you need to know, in an effort to understand.” – Donald Windham
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
The stories in the mini-collections ELEVATOR, PROSPECT STREET, and BALL OF FIRE are published together in THE MOANING ROCKS AND OTHER STORIES.