Posts categorised ‘Books’

I bought Tom Ballard’s I, Millennial as a Christmas present for my mum this year, and I’m now frantically reading it before I have to wrap it up to give it away 🤣 It’s so good! I always knew he was a leftie, ever since Tonightly (RIP) did an item on the Marxism conference and it was actually positive, lol. This book is both riotously funny and a genuinely Marxist denunciation of capitalism. My mum is going to love it 🤣

Link: “Freedom and Creative Vitality in a Market Society: Ursula K. Le Guin on Saving Books from Profiteering and Commodification

Original post found at: https://www.themarginalian.org/2018/12/20/ursula-k-le-guin-national-book-award-speech/

Blog post about how Ursula K. LeGuin (one of my heroes, insofar as I have such a thing!) opposed the commodification of literature, and other creative works. This really resonated with me – the profit motive, and publishers’ desire for “marketable” works over “good” ones, are so toxic and counterposed to what actually motivates creativity.

Esperanto’s Influence on Orwell’s Newspeak

A couple of times in recent weeks I’ve seen some discussion about Newspeak in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and whether it was influenced by, or how it could be translated into, Esperanto. After all, Newspeak infamously uses words like “ungood” for “bad”, which is unironically parallel to Esperanto’s standard word for bad, malbona.

It seems like …

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book cover of Fledgling

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Shori is a young vampire who awakens in a cave, badly injured and with amnesia. She finds out that her entire family has been murdered. With the help of some bonded humans called symbionts, she pursues justice in a vampire society she must learn about from scratch. (★★★★)

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Wiki: Dracula

Dracula is an 1897 novel by Bram Stoker. Told in an epistolary format (through letters, diary entries and newspaper articles), it starts by following solicitor Jonathan Harker as he goes on a business trip to stay at the castle of a Transylvanian noble, Count Dracula. Harker escapes the castle after discovering that Dracula is a vampire, and the Count moves to England and plagues the seaside town …

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