Thanksgiving Is Ruined
April 11, 2006
(on the importance of) "meaningful gestures of refusal"
from Thomas Pynchon's forward to the "Centennial" edition of Orwell's 1984:
We must not be too distracted by the clunkiness of the means of surveillance current in Winston Smith's era.
(discovered after getting to the end of BookForum's incredible Pynchon appreciation issue, approx. 10 months late of course)
[update 4/14/06: An excerpt too good not to insert here, from Gerald Howard's appreciative essay referenced above:
V. and The Crying of Lot 49 had each sold more than three million copies in their Bantam mass-market editions.