THE TRAILER FOR Matt Harlock’s and Paul Thomas’s 2009 documentary film “The Bill Hicks Story” begins with a quotation attributed by Charles Walker to George Orwell in a 2000 book called My Few Wise Words of Wisdom: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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Tagged Bill Hicks, Charles Walker, Comedy, David Letterman, George Carlin, George Orwell, Matt Harlock, Noam Chomsky, Paul Thomas, Soren Kierkegaard, The Present Age
In his essay, “Why I Write,” George Orwell identifies the following: 1. Sheer Egoism (“desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc”), 2. Aesthetic enthusiasm (“perception of beauty in the external world, or, on the other hand, in words and their arrangement”) 3. Historical impulse (“desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity”), and 4. Political purpose (“desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people’s idea of the kind of society that they should strive after”). Knowing that I would be writing this essay, I tried to improve upon this list, but to no success. There is only one conceivable addition, approaching the matter as a male heterosexual writer: 5. To bed women. Continue reading
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Tagged Adrian M. Kelly, ASH Magazine, Christopher Hitchens, George Orwell, Kingston, Michael Hornyansky, Noam Chomsky, Politics, Reaganism, W. H. Auden, Writers, Writing