Few writers’ words and ideas are abused daily on the Internet as much as George Orwell’s – and now most of his work is out of copyright. On the anniversary of Eric Blair’s death, we present a champion Orwell-off. Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth,
talks to DJ Taylor
, author of Orwell: The Life
, about Blair’s underrated works and over-cited quotes, David Bowie’s 1984: The Musical
, and why Orwell would have baulked at the modern misuse of “Orwellian”.
Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
- “Orwell’s life and legend now fit perfectly the roles we’ve created for them.” – DJ Taylor
- “Words have been so redefined now that ‘Orwellian’ is routinely used as the opposite of everything that Orwell stood for.” – DJ Taylor
- “Orwell was an imperfect man of his time, and very good at dramatising his own life.” – DJ Taylor
- “Orwell hated writing film reviews so much that he paid his friend Inez Holden to go and watch the plays for him.” – DJ Taylor
- “Anthony Powell used to say ‘How George would have loved to be a poet killed in the war…’.” – DJ Taylor
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